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Job Title:
Community Engagement Intern II
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Community Outreach
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
AARP Foundation
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.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s 501 c3 charitable affiliate.  We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.  AARP Foundation’s vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.  Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US. 

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day.  Through the Foundation’s many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

Summary Statement

AARP Foundation seeks an Intern for Volunteer & Community Engagement who will be responsible for supporting the Foundation’s outreach to communities nationwide, particularly community-based organizations and agencies for the purpose of aligning organizational resources for greater community impact, especially among the lives of low-income older adults. In addition, the intern will support the recruitment and engagement of volunteers participating in AARP Foundation programs and activities. Working across AARP Foundation along with the Director for Volunteer and Community Engagement, this position supports programs and activities that underscore the connection between the AARP Foundation and its service to low-income older adults nationwide.


Duties of the intern will include and are not limited to the following:

Partnership Building

  • Collaborate on efforts to develop relationships with organizations for community-engaged programs, including identifying potential partners, recruiting partnering agencies, and analyzing organizational assets that will create shared-value in communities;
  • Serve as a contact for community-based organizations, non-profits, colleges/universities, and civic groups;
  • Locate & recommend new & innovative partnerships and programs that AARP Foundation should pursue that will improve the lives of low-income older adults.

Internal Collaboration

  • Work closely with the various AARP Foundation departments & unit clusters to ensure volunteer & community engagement efforts are streamlined;
  • Support the development of mechanisms of engagement pathways for AARP Foundation stakeholders including ongoing service and volunteer opportunities, grant opportunities, and other forms of charitable giving;
  • Support the function of an internal steering committee to implement the projects of the Volunteer & Community Engagement Department.

Event Planning

  • Support volunteer & community engagement, event planning activities for the AARP Foundation to ensure branding of and education about the AARP Foundation’s work is incorporated into every opportunity. Activities included but not limited to: Summer of Service Meal Pack Challenge.


  • In concert with the Director, the intern will work to raise awareness about the service and volunteer opportunities that are available to individuals, corporations, and other AARP Foundation stakeholders;

Draft internal and external notifications, presentations, reports and business correspondence regarding volunteer & community engagement programs, initiatives, and progress.


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 graduate 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. 

  • Graduate student at an accredited college/university pursuing a degree in Policy, Education, Sociology, Public Health, or related field;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with tight deadlines concurrently;
  • Interest in learning best practices and effective methods for community engagement, communications, and volunteer programs;
  • Commitment to diversity and serving the community, particularly low-income older adults;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Able to cultivate relationships with targeted systems and organizations including a diverse population of community leaders and volunteers;
  • Strong project management ability helpful.

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

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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