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Job Title:
Advocacy and Communications Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Lincoln, NE 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 Nebraska State Office of AARP is looking for an intern to join its busy team as an Advocacy and Communications Intern. The Student Intern will have the opportunity to see the real world of advocating for change, empowering volunteers to be leaders and working collectively as a team.


Key responsibilities of the student intern are to:


  1. Work with the Associate State Director for Communications and the State Director in supporting state plan activities including state legislative issues, AARP Fraud Watch, Senior Hunger program, rural community engagement and member events;
  2. Develop in-depth knowledge and compile information on AARP priority issues;
  3. Help arrange and coordinate speaking engagements for AARP Fraud Watch and/or AARP SNAP volunteers; assist volunteers with logistics and planning as needed; track results of their speaking engagements; compile and send a regular Fraud Watch email update to volunteers; provide resources and publications for volunteer activities; assist the ASD for Communications with outreach to community partners in planning joint fraud events;
  4. Assist with state office communications via social media and the web. Prepare blogs for the web page and posts for Facebook and Twitter;                                              
  5. Prepare weekly volunteer newsletter for volunteers including requesting articles from staff and drafting articles;
  6. Work closely with AARP staff and volunteers in providing support for State Plan events;
  7. Assist with event planning and management;

In addition the intern will assist with the following tasks:

  1. Develop in-depth knowledge of issues; gather information and research topics; practice developing presentations and talking points.
  2. Assist in volunteer coordination and will have a major role in assigning and coordinating work with volunteers. He/she will be heavily engaged with volunteers involved at AARP events and interacting with members and public at public forums.
  3. Interact with most frequently: all volunteers across Nebraska and potential sites for speaking engagements and have some interaction with public/members that may be seeking information on AARP.
  4. Perform tasks that are explained in advance with an opportunity for hands on instruction when needed.
  5. Work on assorted projects that are scheduled throughout the year with an opportunity for the intern to experience many different aspects of work ranging from meetings, listening sessions, public events, varied communication with volunteers/members, and event preparation.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


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.

 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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