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Communications and Engagement Intern

Company: AARP
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP's Community, State and National Affairs (CSN) Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

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 to support the organization's 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, assist 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, and 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, PowerPoint).

      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.

        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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Keywords: AARP, St. Paul , Communications and Engagement Intern, Other , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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