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Job Title:
IL Communications Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Chicago, IL 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

The AARP Illinois State Office is offering a paid communications internship for students wanting to gain professional or educational experience through hands-on training at our very busy state office. 


The AARP Illinois State Office is offering a paid communications internship in summer, 2017, for students wanting to gain professional or educational experience through hands-on training at our very busy state office.  You will have an opportunity to apply your academic learnings in a professional setting, directed by our professional staff, while learning about issues of importance to our members who are 50+.

Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, the Intern would be responsible for assisting with everyday tasks of the communications team. The intern will also have a long term project to work on which will leave a lasting impact and strengthen the work of the communications team.

  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of Social Media content across multiple channels for metrics of Activity, Reach, and Engagement;
  • Explore new opportunities for AARP to represent ourselves on emerging Social media channels – assist with replying to incoming inquiries on Social Media channels, and provide content such as photos, videos, or blog posts covering the work of AARP Illinois;
  • Assist with everyday tasks of the communications team as needed;
  • Assist with media relations tasks, including pitching news releases and other content to reporters and media outlets;
  • Assist with drafting of internal and external communications including, but not limited to, the Illinois Advocacy Newsletter, Letters to the Editor, press releases, Op-Eds.

Ideally the intern would also provide value to the communications team by teaching us skills we may not already have in the digital realm such as ability to code or build html websites and custom Facebook applications.



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.

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. 

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

 AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other 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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