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Communications and Advocacy Intern
AARP in Portland, Maine
Date Posted 01/13/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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.


This will be a tele-work position until further notice.

The internship involves engagement initiatives directed toward AARP members, legislators, and the public. This includes, but is not limited to, public relations, message design, and many written projects including press releases, Op-Eds, weekly columns, website features, legislative testimony letters to the editor and outreach through social media.

Interns will gain valuable experience and work in a team environment. They will also receive first-hand knowledge of how one of America’s largest non-profit organizations, dedicated to enriching the lives of older Americans, develops and conveys its message to almost 38 million members across the nation. Here in Maine, we have over 200,000 AARP members and our work spans the entire state.

Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in advocacy and outreach campaigns, expand their knowledge of communication processes in the field and work with our volunteers. Outreach campaigns work will include coordinating events, staffing the office RSVP line, participating in volunteer workshops and coordinating social media posts.


Under the direct supervision of the AARP Maine Communications Director, the successful intern applicant will:

  • support the communications, advocacy and outreach programs for the Maine State Office
  • compose articles for the state website
  • create and coordinate social media posts, initiate appropriate messaging
  • record earned media hits using internal systems
  • support local virtual events as needed (coffees, on-taps, volunteer annual meeting, etc.)
  • write letters to the editor, legislative testimony and other articles for print publications
  • create messaging for the Maine State Office social media sites
  • provide general support to volunteers as needed

perform other related 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.

Must have excellent communication, organizational, writing, and computer skills; Internet savvy; ability to work with volunteers and staff. Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team, and exercise initiative

Benefits Offered

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

At AARP, the health and well-being of our candidates, employees, and members is a top priority. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.

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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