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Job Title:
Communications  Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Austin, TX 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 position will primarily assist the AARP Texas Communications staff—as well as other members of the Austin-based and other Texas-based staff, as needed. Direct supervision will be provided by a Communications staff member, but a self-starter is desired for this position as there is a good bit of autonomy and independent judgment required. Interaction with other parts of the Association may occasionally be required.



Write and edit columns, press releases, blog entries and more for a variety of statewide and local audiences, focusing on the Association’s policy and social change issues.

Research background information for talking points and other communications needs, as needed by staff.

Interview volunteers and other outstanding Texans age 50+, and compose profiles.

Assist with social media efforts, which may include composing tweets or designing graphics.

Assist with press efforts, including pitching media, submitting events to community calendars and more.

Fulfill other duties, as needed, which may include assisting with ad buys among other tasks.


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.

Looking for a strong writer who is adaptable to a challenging but rewarding work environment.

Ideally some writing and reporting experience for a campus or other publication.

Ability to multi-task and balance multiple assignments. Be flexible, coachable and a good learner.

English, Journalism, PR, Advertising or related majors are desirable.

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

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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