Intern – Communications

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Part- Time
(Paid Internship, approximately 20 hours per week, for up to one year.)

In this paid internship based in Tallahassee, you will support the Florida AARP State Office communication activities, including writing and researching news releases, media advisories, broadcast scripts and other media-relations materials; research, create and manage web and social media sites; check facts related to news items; assist in planning and executing special events; write features on AARP volunteers for newsletters, update AARP cal-endar listings; monitor media coverage of AARP and targeted issues, and per-form other duties as required.
Requirements: Must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program leading to a Bachelor’s/Master’s in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field; must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; understanding of the news gathering process and news writing experience; computer skills including Word, Publisher, Windows, and Adobe; and the ability to work independently, contribute to a team, exercise initiative, and work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Prefer Junior, Senior and Graduate level candidates.
Qualified candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and a recom-mendation letter from a professor or university staff by 5 p.m. May 16, 2014 to Communication Manager Dave Bruns at Please include “AARP Internship” in the subject line of your email.

We’re millions of members strong– with more joining us every day– and we’re the “most powerful grassroots organization” around according to Fortune magazine. In Florida, we’re more involved than ever before.
If you’re ready, here’s your chance to take action and make an impact in Tallahassee, FL.



More Information on the Intern – Communications Position

 AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.
 AARP is one of the most influential lobbying associations in America
We have 38 million members nationwide; 3 million in Florida

On the position:
 College/University student currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s or Mas-ter’s degree in communications, public relations, or journalism.
 This is not a typical intern position. Interns are provided with professional-level assignments and are expected to be fully contributing members of a high-achieving professional communications team.
 Interns not only work on typical PR tactics (press releases, stories for publications, etc.), they are also involved in strategy meetings and have a voice during strategic planning.
 Occasional paid travel (never mandatory) to events and press conferences means that you’ll get to meet a wide variety of AARP leaders, interesting volunteers and even federal and state officials, while staying in fantastic hotels.

Interns will gain experience in:

Media relations
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
Marketing, design, advertising
Research, event planning, internal communications
Writing for publications, speeches, talking points, PowerPoint
Introduction to legislative process

On the staff and office environment:
 The Tallahassee office is one of three in the state; St. Petersburg and Doral (South Florida) are the others. Our spacious office is conveniently located in downtown Tallahassee close to the Capitol and Kleman Plaza. Easily accessible from any Tallahassee campus.
 Our team is not micromanaged. Our manager and associate manager guide, edit and make suggestions, but they put faith in interns’ abilities.
 This position is ideal for a student intern; the hours are flexible to meet your class schedule, “the boss” is very approachable when an extra few hours to study or finish a school project are needed. (Just don’t abuse it)
 The office is full of thoughtful coworkers, friendly faces and lunch buddies.
Everyone has a great sense of humor (especially our Communications manager).