Legacies of War


PICS Organization Name
Legacies of War

Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description

Legacies of War is the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). We raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace. We are not a direct service or aid organization, nor do we have local offices in Laos.

We are a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy (located in New York) but our work is based out of Washington, D.C., where we engage and establish relationships with governments, civil society and individuals, especially from the Lao diaspora, to raise awareness and increase financial support for clearance of UXO in Laos. We work directly with key decision-makers in the U.S. government – including Congress and the Administration – and with the private sector and media outlets to provide these influential groups with compelling information and analysis. We serve as a convenor and organizer of partner organizations and individuals seeking to resolve the UXO problem in Laos. Our work has led to tenfold increase of U.S. funding for UXO clearance and victim assistance in Laos, from $3M in 2008 to $37.5M in 2020. In bringing greater attention and increasing resources, we’ve helped to make a real impact on the ground in Laos: more land being cleared, lives being saved and additional care and services available for the approximately 12,000 UXO victims living in Laos.

Legacies of War seeks intelligent, dynamic and passionate interns for its Washington, DC office. There are multiple positions available in Advocacy, Programs, Communications/Marketing and Development. The interns 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 thereby have a unique opportunity to gain insights of global policy-making and legislation and make a significant contribution on the UXO clearance issue during the period of his/her internship.

Legacies of War interns also have the opportunity to cater to their internship experience to their abilities. The staff gives each intern the chance to speak about what they want to get out of their experience with Legacies. In addition to getting a catered unique experience, each intern has different responsibilities to fulfill for the team. Projects range from creating social media content, researching grants, writing reports, contributing to fundraising efforts, reaching out to donors, to planning huge events! It really depends on the current time of year. Once safe to travel, interns will have the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC. This is where they can attend congressional meetings with us, lobby on Capitol Hill, and work in our office. Until then, our interns are safely at home, getting work done.

Not only do our interns perform high-level work, but our team also has a lot of fun together. Check out this video we recently made!


Internship Description

Position: Advocacy 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
  • Represent Legacies at public events
  • 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
  • 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
  • Work with the Chief of Staff, Aleena Inthaly, to conduct program related projects
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position: 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 Chief of Staff
  • 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
  • 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
  • Use a variety of research tools for outreach and awareness-raising activities with stakeholders on Capitol Hill, State Department and the Lao Diaspora community
  • Represent Legacies at public events
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes Yes, History and Practice of Diplomacy Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • 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, Google Docs/Google Excel, desirable skills: Salesforce, Photoshop, InDesign

Having lived in and/or visited Laos is a plus.

*Writing sample required - 3 to max 5 pages*

Additional Info

There are several housing options in Washington DC that students can look into: 

  • American University Summer House for Interns - Dormitory housing, all utilities included
  • George Mason University - Dormitories, apartments and townhouses available for summer interns
  • George Washington University - Summer Housing Opportunities - A variety of options for on-campus housing arrangements
  • International Student House of Washington DC - Dormitory-style housing
  • The Washington Intern Housing Network - Fully furnished intern housing. Free to apply.
  • Cities Housing Solutions - Fully furnished intern housing. Free to apply.
  • Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) - Shared housing; fully furnished, linens, household supplies, all utilities included; in various convenient locations in Washington DC

We are located near the Convention Center, 5- minute walk from the Metro. Past interns have found shared housing near Georgetown or downtown.

Potential travel during a campaign or panel outside of DC. In the past, we had events in Virginia, Rhode Island and New York where interns participated.

Fulfills requirement for the Certificate in History and Practice of Diplomacy (http://hpd.princeton.edu/)

We will provide interns with an onboarding package and expect the interns to read and prepare the materials carefully prior to the internship. In addition, there will be events at think tanks and Congressional visits here in DC outside regular working. There might be networking opportunities at evening receptions and events.

*Writing sample required - 3 to max 5 pages*

Former Interns
Linh Nguyen '21, Charlie Kwitchoff '20, Elizabeth Shwe '20

Evaluation Excerpt

Legacies is goal-oriented and seeks to uplift the Lao diaspora through awareness of one of the most traumatic aspects of their shared history. I learned much about the background of the war as well as the ways in which people are working -- even to this day -- to improve Laos' economical, social, and political stability through the removal of UXO. -- Linh Nguyen '21

My best and hardest work experiences this summer were researching funding sources and potential donors. It was challenging, but I felt productive and useful.
—Ben Miller '18

I was happy to get to know new people and also excited to live in a new city. I had a great experience at Legacies of War and I wish them the best of luck in their future as an avid supporter of the work being done there.
—Jade Williams '18

I connected to the mission- I thought it was a mission that not many Americans know about and it's a very important issue to know about. I learned that I personally felt connected to the mission and to Laos since my family is from Burma and it borders Laos. —Elizabeth Shwe '20