Communications and Engagement Intern


About Us:

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.

Position Details

Communications and Engagement Intern
Twin Cities Metro
Saint Paul, MN

Together with staff and volunteers, this intern supports AARP MN’s efforts to engage Minnesotans age 50+, especially AARP members, in our mission to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. This paid internship position focuses on communications and engagement through digital, social and other communications channels, event support, and direct engagement with members and volunteers. There will be a strong emphasis on assisting with drafting copy for online platforms, creating web graphics, promoting events, and direct engagement with our members, volunteers and the general public. The position will utilize these skills in support of the organizations community engagement and public policy and advocacy objectives.


Assist with drafting copy for online blogs, event invites, volunteer profiles, etc. Assist with tracking online engagements via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email and other channels. As part of the state office’s social media team provide assistance with drafting, approving and deploying social media content including web graphics. Support outreach and member engagement events across the Twin Cities – including event planning and logistical support before, during and after events. Support volunteer engagement with data management, writing and deploying volunteer communications, providing volunteers with various resources and information as needed as well as other volunteer program management functions. Assist in planning and execution of advocacy and organizing strategies and operational support for advocacy initiatives. Assist with writing and deploying policy-related communications to volunteers and e-activists. Other duties as assigned.


Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post doctorate 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Interest in the mission of AARP. 
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills. 
  • Interest in public policy research and advocacy. 
  • Skill in working independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to represent AARP through written and oral communications. Strong writing skills. 
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel throughout the metro area as needed. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point). 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with drafting digital communications on behalf of an organization. 
  • Experience or knowledge in graphic design or digital design. 
  • Event planning experience. 
  • Previous experience related to Public Policy. 
  • Previous experience (paid or unpaid) with issues related to the 50+ population and/or experience working directly with that population. 
  • Administrative office experience. 
  • Previous experience working/volunteering on issues related to or directly with the 50+ population.

Benefits Offered:

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

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