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Job Title:
Strategic Communications & Ops. Intern (Summer)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Int Communications & Marketing
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.

Integrated Communications is a multimedia, service-focused communications operation that leads in shaping the impression of AARP by providing communications planning, support and execution for AARP’s strategic business units. 

Summary Statement

AARP’s Communications Strategy Group oversees integrated communications across the AARP enterprise.  The Group develops messaging, and creates and oversees the execution of multi-channel strategies to reach targeted audiences. Our Communications Intern will support Strategy Directors and will be directly exposed to all stages of the communications strategy process.


The AARP Communications Intern, embedded in AARP’s Communications Strategy Group, will join a busy team of professionals during the summer, to assist the team in achieving its goals. The group develops AARP’s annual communications priorities and serves as a hub for communications strategy for issues that are important to people who are 50 and older, such as:

  • Healthy Living;
  • Caregiving;
  • Savings & Planning and,
  • Work & Jobs.

Major responsibilities of the intern include and are not limited to the following:

  • Support director-level staff in developing and executing communications strategies focusing on AARP core issues;
  • Assist in managing on-going projects such as message testing, developing and updating collateral material, tracking and reporting results of communications campaigns and collecting and cataloging AARP member stories;
  • Provide support in preparing for communications strategy meetings, presentations and reports;
  • Fact checking, writing and editing.


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.  Those who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees in journalism or communications are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.  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. 

Our successful candidate must comfortably demonstrate the following: 

  • Strong writing, speaking and editing skills;
  • Strong collaboration skills;
  • Capable of developing effective PowerPoint presentations;
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working in a fast-moving atmosphere without a lot of oversight;
  • Well-organized and capable of meeting deadlines;
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in your junior or senior year, with demonstrated interest in communications or journalism.

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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