AARP Maine Communications and Advocacy Internship Opportunity
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 230,000 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 Outreach Director, with the Communications Director as backup. The successful intern applicant will:
- compose articles for the state website
- create and coordinate social media posts
- record earned media hits using internal systems
- staff the RSVP line
- create materials for volunteer workshops
- write letters to the editor, legislative testimony and other articles for print publications
- support the advocacy and outreach programs for the Maine State Office
- create messaging for the Maine State Office social media sites
- Intern will perform other related duties, as assigned
Challenges for interns include learning to prioritize multiple assignments and juggle many editorial deadlines. Interns are supervised daily and all written work is carefully proofread and edited as needed.
Interns learn valuable communications, collaboration and organization skills.
The intern position can have a significant impact in furthering AARP’s mission and objects that support our state plan.
Interns have the opportunity to work with the entire team depending on the project although they report to just one supervisor.
Requirements: Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student (junior or senior) in an accredited college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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, be part of a team, and exercise initiative.
For more information or to submit a resume:
AARP Maine Communications Director
(207) 776-6301 or firstname.lastname@example.org