Legacies of War (2 Positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Legacies of War


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Ben Miller '18, Jade Williams '18, Rebekah Ninan '19

Organization Description
Legacies of War was 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.

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 continues 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.

The organization uses art, culture, education, dialogue and community organizing to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. Legacies of War is a project of NEO Philanthropy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Internship Description
Legacies of War seeks intelligent, dynamic and passionate interns for its Washington, DC office. We accept intern applications on a rolling basis for the fall, winter break (mid December through mid-January), spring and summer semesters. 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.

In previous summers, Princeton interns had the opportunity to work on the most recent historic visit of President Obama and 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 Legacies' Lao cooking class fundraisers. We have had several previous Princeton interns and the experiences were excellent and mutually beneficial.

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: Advocacy Intern
(Government, Human Rights, Public Administration, Public Policy)

  • 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.

PositionCommunications & Development Intern
(Communications, Community Development, Cultural Institution, Government, Human Rights, Journalism and Media, Public Administration, Public Policy)

  • 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.

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, GoogleDocs/GoogleExcel, desirable skills: Salesforce, Photoshop, InDesign

*Writing sample required - 3 to max 5 pages*

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, History and Practice of Diplomacy

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.

Evaluation Excerpt

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

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program