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Advocacy and Communications Intern (Summer-Fall)

Are you a student with a strong interest in advocacy, communications, and working with volunteers? The AARP Iowa team is continuously working on federal and local issues important to aging Iowans. We are looking forward to a summer full of events engaging with our members and volunteers. If you want to learn from a great team of professionals, apply now for this incredible opportunity!

As an intern, you will play an important role in helping us realize our vision of a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose and fulfill their goals and dreams. We'll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. The internship has an anticipated start date of May 2022 and will go through the end of the year.


  • Develop background information, gather research, analyze policy proposals, and prepare educational tools which focus on AARP issues and campaigns
  • Communicate national and state policy and activity updates to volunteers/partners 
  • Assist with state office communications efforts, including social media, website, and member communications
  • Plan, schedule, organize and attend community outreach and advocacy events and online meetings
  • Prepare educational and promotional materials utilizing various design applications 
  • Attend meetings, help prepare correspondence, and assist in the coordination of volunteer outreach programs
  • Coordinate, schedule, and plan training opportunities for volunteers


  • Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship
  • 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 from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)
AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories. 
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.