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Job Title:
Communications Intern II (Graduate Student)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Chicago, IL 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

AARP Illinois is looking for a Communications Intern to join our team in downtown Chicago, Illinois.


Under the supervision of the Communications Manager the Intern will be responsible for assisting with everyday tasks of the communications team. The intern will also have a long term project to work on which will leave a lasting impact and strengthen the work of the communications team.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of Social Media content across multiple channels for metrics of Activity, Reach, and Engagement.
  • Exploring new opportunities for AARP to represent ourselves on emerging Social media channels – assist with replying to incoming inquiries on Social Media channels, and provide content such as photos, videos, or blog posts covering the work of AARP Illinois.
  • Assisting with everyday tasks of the communications team as needed.
  • Assisting with media relations tasks, including pitching news releases and other content to reporters and media outlets.
  • Assisting with drafting of internal and external communications including, but not limited to, the Illinois Advocacy Newsletter, Letters to the Editor, press releases, Op-Eds, etc.


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 first or second year graduate students.

Additional requirements include:

  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, exercise initiative, maintain a positive attitude.
  • Availability to work a minimum 20 hours a week at our downtown Chicago office.
  • Proficiancy with Microsoft applications, Publisher, Adobe, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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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