AARP Communications Intern Salary in the United States

How much does a Communications Intern make at companies like AARP in the United States? The average salary for Communications Intern at companies like AARP in the United States is $124,786 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $107,188 and $142,385. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities2

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AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60-plus, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping thousands of clients each year in many areas of civil law.

Are you passionate about communications and social media? The communications department of Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) is charged with all external and internal communications about the work we do on behalf of vulnerable DC seniors. This is an opportunity to develop your social media and writing skills and use your creativity to maximize internal communications vehicles. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development. This paid internship position will begin in Summer/Fall of 2023 and end in December 2023, with the possibility of extending into 2024.


The Communications Intern will work closely with and report to the Communications Manager.

  • Develop social media content
  • Assist with writing internal communications that promote our work
  • Research topics to develop and pitch to the media and observe interaction with the reporters and interviews
  • Assist with developing an archiving system for LCE legislative work
  • Assist with other tasks as needed


  • The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship and pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related fields
  • Can provide writing samples, social media content, videos, and other communications pieces
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable to working under tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms

Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • Home office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate home environment noise

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.

Compensation and Benefits

The hourly range is $18 for undergraduates, $21 for graduate students, and $28 for Ph.D. candidates. 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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The chart shows total cash compensation for the AARP Communications Intern in the United States, which includes base, and annual incentives can vary anywhere from $107,188 to $142,385 with an average total cash compensation of $124,786. Total compensation includes the value of any benefits received in addition to your salary and some of the benefits that are most commonly provided within a total compensation package including bonuses, commissions, paid time off, and Insurance. The total cash compensation may get paid differently by industry, location, and other factors.
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