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Job Title:
Communications Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Community Outreach
Des Moines, IA US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
Des Moines
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 Iowa State Office is seeking an energetic and skilled Intern to support its varied Communications efforts. This position is key to AARP Iowa being able to communicate at peak levels with our key audiences including internal-national, and state level volunteers, legislators, opinion leaders, media and members.


Assist Communications and Advocacy Associate State Directors with communications support to help achieve our social impact goals at the state level.  Activities will include a combination of editorial, organizational and technical duties such as creating targeted e-alerts, updating the state web page, social media postings, research, writing and fact checking for campaign communications.  In addition, the position includes special event and media relations responsibilities. 


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 undergraduate juniors or seniors..   

Additional requirements:

This position requires someone with a high degree of organization, ability to see the big picture and understand the level of detail needed to ensure success along the way. 

Independent thought and initiative is desired, at the same time this position operates at the direction of the staff supervisor/s, and requires on-going review of work in order to maintain quality control and ensure the best learning environment possible.

Candidates with an interest, understanding, and communication of politics and policy analysis will be given preference.

  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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