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The Marshall Legacy Institute

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Mine Detection Dog, "Sully"
One of the Marshall Legacy Institute's Mine Detection Dogs (Sully) who is working in Bosnia

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a non-profit organization located in Arlington, VA. MLI’s mission is to help war-torn countries recover from conflict by promoting hope, growth, and stability. Mines and explosives pose a constant threat to stability and safety to people in many war-torn countries, and so MLI has focused our efforts over the past 22 years on mine action and social impact programs to address the myriad needs faced by communities affected by conflict. Within our Mine Action Programs, we have emphasized our Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program (MDDPP), which seeks to improve the quantity and quality of Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) worldwide; the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), which fosters global citizenship and engages American youth & foreign students in the landmine issue; and the Survivors’ Assistance Program, which provides medical assistance & vocational training to mine survivors, especially women and children. MLI’s Social Impact Programs began as a way to assist communities in post-conflict countries live a more fulfilling life. They help to rebuild peace, promote leadership among youth, and put a strong emphasis on the empowerment of women and the improvement of their role in society.

MLI has a long and successful track record of implementing our programs in over 13 mine-contaminated countries since our founding in 1997. Please visit our website for more details about our work around the world:

MLI is seeking a Development and Communications Intern who can work closely with our Development department for 20 hours per week between 10am - 5pm, M-F, from mid-November through March or beyond. We are a small nonprofit and are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to assist our development department in grant research & writing, social media development, event planning, and more.

Job Description: This internship is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates who are interested in international non-profits, marketing, communications, and/or fundraising to learn:

*Communications and development experience
*Event-management experience
*Hands-on participation in a small but efficient and busy fundraising department
*Unique insight into organizational structure and current events and issues related to an international humanitarian nonprofit organization
*Exposure to a wide range of staff positions and opportunities within a non-profit setting

Key responsibilities/projects:

*Conduct foundation grant research
*Assist with grant writing, proposal preparations, newsletter development, press releases, donor reports, and other writing assignments
*Develop communication materials for donors, track current and relevant events, and create social media content
*Assist with developing peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns
*Assist with program management as needed
*Provide other general assistance when needed

Qualities we are looking for in an applicant:

*Excellent grammar and writing
*Reliability and positive attitude
*Ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks
*Interest in the nonprofit sector
*Interest in international humanitarian work
*Experience with Microsoft office programs preferred (especially Word, Excel, and Publisher)
*Experience with social media and/or website management, particularly in WordPress


Please send your resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to The internship start/end times are flexible, so please indicate your availability to start. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Small stipend may be available to cover commuting costs.

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About The Marshall Legacy Institute


2425 Wilson Blvd, Suite 240, Arlington, VA 22201, US

Mission Statement

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) builds affordable, sustainable, and indigenous mine clearance and mine awareness youth programs in the developing world to alleviate suffering, restore hope and create conditions that nurture stability. The Institute provides mine awareness education, management training, and mine detection dogs to severely contaminated countries to help them build their own indigenous capacity to free their land of mines. MLI also directly helps survivors of landmine accidents by providing prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and other necessary assistance. MLI's mission is to encourage conditions that foster health, stability, and security, while providing relief to those who are suffering.


The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to extend the vision of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall by helping post-conflict societies help themselves in restoring hope, alleviating suffering and nurturing stability. MLI’s primary mission is to establish practical, affordable and sustainable indigenous programs to help severely mine-affected countries rid their land of the scourge of landmines. This includes the development and implementation of the Mine Detection Dog Partnership program (MDDPP) which provides Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to accelerate the pace of landmine clearance operations; the Survivors’ Assistance program, which helps those who have been injured by landmines; and the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), which promotes global citizenship and involves American youth in meaningful service-learning projects to help other children around the world.


Mon Nov 18, 2019 - Tue Mar 31, 2020


2425 Wilson BlvdSuite 240Arlington, VA 22201



  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Project Management




  • Must be at least 18
  • 20 hours per week

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