Spring - Fall 2024: AARP - Advocacy & Communications Intern (PAID)

Must be a student throughout the entirety of the internship experience (Jan 2024 - Dec 2024) - no May or August graduates. 
Are you a creative, passionate, and results-driven student interested in gaining professional advocacy and communications experience? The AARP Virginia Team is looking for you! Our team advocates on the state and federal level to improve the lives of people as they age and help to build a better tomorrow for future generations. In this role, you will have the opportunity to learn, grow your network, and develop a diverse skillset while engaging in state advocacy, federal advocacy, and communications efforts. 
You will support our lobbying efforts in the General Assembly, contribute to our public communications and social media, and get an inside look at how the policymaking process really works. We’ll challenge you to think and work innovatively on real-world projects. The intern will be directed by the Associate State Directors for Advocacy and Communications and will provide support for state and federal advocacy campaigns, voter education, outreach programs, and other local initiatives. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. 
This paid internship has an anticipated start date of January 8, 2024 and will go through the end of the year. Work hours are flexible during the school year and can be increased up to full-time during the summer months.
  • Apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help promote policy issues on topics such as prescription drug affordability, family caregiving, long-term care, fraud prevention, health and welfare, and retirement security.
  • Support the advocacy and communications efforts to advance these issues, as well as relevant events.
  • Assist with tracking legislation and committee meetings, research policy issues, draft documents to support our outreach and advocacy efforts, participate in team meetings and strategy discussions, collaborate on communications tactics, and engage in a support role for various remote and in-person events.
  • Communicate with AARP members, media, and the public, focusing on video and digital media channels.
  • Develop content for the state office webpage, Facebook, Twitter, member emails, and e-newsletters, edit volunteer-written stories, create and edit videos, prepare and distribute news releases and make media calls.
  • Analyze and prepare reports on social media engagement and performance.
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college/university as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student, and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship; or, must have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise and the ability to work remotely 2-3 days per week
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable with the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including age, gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs  
  • Exceptional verbal/written communication skills, with knowledge of AP Style
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms
Apply: Email Ginger Thompson, Communications Manager at GThompson@aarp.org with a resume, cover letter, and writing samples as soon as possible. 
Compensation and Benefits:
The hourly range is $18 for undergraduates candidates. Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.