Legacy of War Internships - Multiple Positions

NEO Philanthropy, Inc.
Washington, DC
Nov 17, 2016
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time


Legacies of War is a young, innovative, dynamic non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2004 to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace. The organization uses art, culture, education, dialogue, advocacy and community organizing to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. We are a small organization, with limited resources, but tremendous passion of committed volunteers. The support of capable interns has and will continue to enable us to achieve our goals. Legacies of War is a project of NEO Philanthropy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Laos is the most heavily bombed country in history. Vietnam War-era bombings left nearly half of the country contaminated with vast quantities of UXO. Today, cluster bombs litter forests, rice fields, villages, school grounds, roads, and other populated areas. Tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured by UXO since the bombing ceased; each year there continue to be more than 300 new casualties, most of whom are children. Nearly 40 years on, only a fraction of these munitions have been destroyed.

Legacies of War seeks to increase U.S. government support to advance the various initiatives to raise awareness, clear bombs and support victims in Laos. We work to educate Congress, the Administration, and the general public to help address this long-term problem.


Legacies of War seeks intelligent, dynamic and passionate program interns for its Washington, DC office. Legacies of War accepts intern applications on a rolling basis for the late summer, fall, spring and summer semesters, or for winter break (mid-December through mid-January). There are multiple positions available in Advocacy, Communications/Marketing, and Development/Fundraising. For a description of our multiple internship positions please take a look at our website.

Growing international attention to the issue of cluster bombs and improved US-Laos relations make this an opportune time to finally address the long-term problem of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos. The intern will have considerable responsibilities in implementing various program strategies while working closely with the Executive Director in meeting its communications and advocacy goals. The interns will have a unique opportunity to gain a great understanding of global policy-making and legislation and make a significant contribution on this issue during the period of his/her internship.

Previous interns had the opportunity to work on the historic visit of Secretary Clinton to Laos, the first visit by a US Secretary in 57 years (2011), support the Voices from Laos Speakers Tour (2013), developed marketing and communications strategies and materials, led Legacies' educational workshop for children in day camp, and organized several fundraisers and campaigns throughout the country.

Advocacy Internship:

  • Work with the Director to coordinate advocacy activities and campaigns in a fast-moving environment;
  • Develop and implement policy strategies using your writing and research skills;
  • Represent Legacies at public events;
  • Use a variety of research tools for outreach and awareness-raising activities with stakeholders on Capitol Hill, State Department and the Lao Diaspora community;
  • Develop and maintain Legacies' outreach database;
  • Help manage online databases and create systems for shared online resources;
  • Organize outreach and educational events, such as panel discussions and Congressional visits;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Communications & Development Intern:

  • Produce and coordinate a wide range of communication/marketing, education and outreach materials, including press releases, fact sheets, and event advertising for various organizational projects;
  • Develop and maintain social media tools and websites;
  • Design and coordinate correspondences, such as monthly e-newsletter and direct mail appeals with the Director of Operations & Development;
  • Support Legacies' grant-writing and fundraising projects using your research skills;
  • Develop graphics, design, press information, print production and other media;
  • Support Legacies' individual gift program and maintain the online donor base;
  • Coordinate fundraising strategies, including fundraising events, such as Happy Hours, Lao Cooking Classes;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Program Intern:

  • Coordinate various education and outreach activities, including traveling exhibit, film screenings, panel discussions, community events, Legacies' curriculum and receptions;
  • Plan fundraising events, including cooking classes and house parties with high-level donors;
  • Coordinate outreach opportunities to all stakeholders, including Congressional visits;
  • Maintain Legacies' databases and assist the Executive Director with a variety research tasks;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Candidates must be undergraduate level students with a minimum of sophomore status;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, human rights, conflict resolution/peace-building, and international relations;
  • Interest in cultural exchange and Southeast Asia;
  • Flexibility and ability to work well with a team;
  • Experience in a high-energy campaign or non-profit setting preferable;
  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills, self-motivated, attention to detail, and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines;
  • Proficient with Google Drive, GoogleDocs/GoogleExcel, desirable skills: Salesforce, Photoshop, InDesign


The intern will assist in coordinating with allies within governments, NGOs and private sector to address the opportunities and challenges of cluster munitions removal in Laos. Specifically, the intern will:

  • Coordinate meetings with national steering committee members, staff, volunteers and allies.
  • Interact with members of the congressional and the executive branch.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of communications and advocacy strategies, including e-newsletter and direct mail appeals and development of graphics, press information and print production
  • Support the field and campaign work through social media and other multi-media vehicles.
  • Organize special events including community outreach and fundraisers.
  • Maintain the project database. Other duties as assigned.

All internship positions are unpaid with flexible negotiable hours. Students can receive academic credit consistent with their college or university guidelines.

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