We are committed to helping every intern successfully advance economic freedom after the program; we have individuals on staff dedicated to helping connect interns with employment and graduate school opportunities, as well as give career guidance. Also, with more than 1000 alumni of our professional education programs, ample opportunities exist for continuing your growth after the internship through our alumni program.
Where Interns Go
Whether returning to undergraduate studies, looking to land a job at a think tank, beginning to pursue a graduate degree, or even earning a full-time position and furthering your professional education in the Koch Associate Program, we’ll help you find opportunities that are right for you.
Koch Internship Program alumni have gone on to work at many locations in the Washington, DC area and across the country including Capitol Hill, the Heritage Foundation, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Reason Foundation, and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Others are completing their undergraduate or graduate studies at locations including George Mason University, Georgetown University, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, University of Notre Dame, Texas A & M, Pepperdine University, and UC Berkeley.
The alumni program continues to support interns after the program through continuing career guidance, MBM® workshops, alumni networking events, and other professional development opportunities. Our alumni network is always growing and includes past participants of the Koch Internship Program, Koch Associate Program, and other professional education programs. We encourage alumni to join iAlumni.org, the online alumni group, and to remain in contact with us throughout their careers.
Learn more about some of our alumni:
Josh Swain currently works for Reason.tv as a video producer, where he interned through the Koch Internship Program. Josh completed the program after graduating from George Mason University, and he credits his internship experience with developing his professional capabilities and network.
“The Koch Internship Program offers a great introductory course on how to work professionally on everything from self-managing, working with colleagues, networking, and thinking creatively. All of which helped me start my early career on the right foundations,” he said.
At Reason.tv, Josh works on everything from managing film equipment to shooting and editing interviews and short documentaries, and he is very excited to continue his dream of learning about economic freedom while working at a non-profit organization.
In the summer of 2009, Clark Ruper not only joined the Koch Internship Program, but also began his job as the first employee of Students for Liberty. Clark decided to join the program because he wanted to learn Market-Based Management and improve his management practices.
The readings and subsequent group discussions were the most enjoyable and helpful part of the internship for Clark. “I looked forward to every Sunday where I would set the afternoon aside to do the readings, take notes, and prepare for the following Tuesday when I could discuss both the intellectual ideas and business practices with my peers.”
Clark continues to put MBM to work at Students For Liberty, and he has helped develop the organization into a fast-growing network of libertarian student groups. As vice president, he has organized numerous conferences, training sessions, and even helped write a book.
Alicia Novoa received a degree in economics from University of Louisville and worked in sales after graduation, but she soon realized she also wanted to advance economic freedom through her career. She saw the Koch Internship Program as the perfect opportunity for her goals.
Through the program, Alicia analyzed policy at the George Washington Regulatory Studies Center. As the internship progressed, she realized she was passionate about development and fundraising and decided to shift her career in that direction.
After completing her internship, Alicia joined the development staff at the National Center for Policy Analysis through this year’s Koch Associate Program. She is excited to continue learning about Market-Based Management and work at a non-profit. “It is a personal journey to understand how to best apply the principles of MBM. That is one reason I decided to join the Koch Associate Program,” she said.