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Job Title:
Grassroots Communications Intern 1 (Alabama)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Montgomery, AL US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Summary Statement

This is a great opportunity for our intern to develop communications and advocacy skills while assisting the Alabama State Office by contributing to the strategic goals of AARP.  


The Alabama State Office of AARP is seeking a talented intern to join its team of  busy professionals as a Grassroots Communications Intern. Duties for the internship include and are not limited to the following:

  • Write and disseminate legislative alerts, issue talking points, training curriculum, social media posts and newsletters for a diverse audience of volunteers. Communicate using messages that are tailored to the specific political environment and attuned to the rapid pace of legislative activities;


  • Write and produce videos for  state Facebook page, and/or other social media tools;


  • Identify and develop volunteers with personal stories related to policy campaigns;


  • Assist manager with recruiting, training, and developing volunteers, through a variety of internal and external channels. Assist manager with implementing recognition programs for volunteers. Maintain relationships with grass tops and grassroots volunteers;
  • Contribute to the team’s work of tracking and evaluating grassroots related projects to ensure successful completion and growth, including development of e-advocacy campaign narratives and message testing;


  • Assist manager with coordinating activities with state partners as well as grassroots team;


  • Establish and maintain collaborations and partnership lists as appropriate.


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post doctorate students.   

AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers.  This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program. 

  • Bachelor's degree, communications majors are especially encouraged to apply;
  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal and computer skills required;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum direction as well as work as a member or
    leader of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on fast-paced, time-sensitive matters with internal and external constituents;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse
    individuals and communities;
  • Ability to complete work in a timely and efficient manner and ensure work is accurate.;
  • Ability to utilize available technology to perform position responsibilities;
  • Must be able to drive yourself to and from events

To Apply for this Opportunity

  1. Click APPLY to complete the online application and submit a current resume in response to this posting;
  2. Attach a copy of your transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required);
  3. Be prepared to submit two letters of recommendation; which can be from a college or university professor or a manager who is familiar with your work (please note that we cannot complete the hiring process without these references)
  4. Be prepared to submit writing samples, if required for the position

Instructions for Uploading Your Documents

  1. Attach your resume as part of the online application
  2. Click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application
  4. Select the MY ACTIVITIES
  5. Select “Add Attachment” under the section labeled COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS
  6. Select the Attachment Type and list the Attachment Title
  7. Select Upload your document
  8. Select Save
  9. If uploading multiple documents, repeat steps 5-8

Benefits Offered

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.  AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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