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Spring/Summer/Fall 2022: AARP Virginia - Communications Intern (PAID)

Dec 21, 2021

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships


Position responsibilities



The AARP Virginia State Office is looking for a strong undergraduate or graduate intern to join its communications team for the calendar year 2022. The intern will be directed by the state Communications Manager and will provide communications support for state and federal advocacy campaigns, voter education, outreach programs, and other local initiatives. In this role, the intern will help staff communicate with AARP members, media, and the public, focusing on video and digital media channels. The intern will 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. The intern also will assist with training staff and volunteers on how to create smart phone videos, and the use of Facebook and Twitter, as well as analyze and prepare reports on social media engagement and performance.


As a Communications Intern at AARP, you will have the opportunity to join our team of professionals working on major campaigns, to engage our 38 million members (1 million in Virginia) and potential members. You will be assigned critical tasks and get to see your work in action.


Candidates must be self-motivated, organized, collaborative, be able to learn quickly and take directions well. Must be able to work independently and make decisions regarding editorial content under the supervision of the state Communications Manager. The primary nature of interaction is coordinative with AARP Virginia state office staff and volunteers. The intern is a vital supportive role to AARP Virginia’s advocacy communications projects. The intern will work directly with the state Communications Manager to complete tasks related to dashboard goals.


This is a great opportunity for the ideal intern to develop solid work experience with the largest social welfare organization in the country while contributing to projects that affect our members who are age 50 and older.


Desired Education, Work Experience and competencies


You must be available at least 20 hours per week Monday through Friday, January through December 2022. You must be capable of working independently from home while AARP is tele-working, and available to stay at the Richmond office for at least 4 hours at a time when the office reopens. You must be able to be online (or in the office when it reopens) by 9 a.m. on Monday or Tuesday. As an AARP intern, you may be asked to participate in local events throughout Virginia when they resume and will be reimbursed for travel. The office is conveniently located in downtown Richmond.


The intern must be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors or rising first or second year graduate students, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Political Science, or English. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Proficiency with social media (including Facebook and Twitter) is required. Strong attention to detail is important. Ability to write clearly, with proper grammar and punctuation, along with AP Style, and knowledge about how to format a news release is required. Experience with a website hosting tool is helpful. Experience conducting research, editing photos and video and writing press releases is essential. Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word and PowerPoint. Interest in aging, communications/public relations, and political issues helpful.



Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; be in good academic standing; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors or rising first or second year graduate students. 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.



Interested applications may email their cover letter and resume to Ginger Thompson, Communications Manager at