Frequently Asked Questions
The typical selection process usually consists of two parts, screening and hiring:
The screening process starts with a review of your online application for admission. Qualified applicants then participate in phone interviews, and potentially, in-person or video-conference interviews with the Institute. After completing the Institute’s screening process and interviews, candidates move to the hiring stage of the application for admission process.
During the hiring stage of the application for admission process, candidates are connected to open roles at partner organizations. At this point, candidates interview for specific jobs with hiring managers at partner organizations. Successful candidates selected by partner organizations will receive job offers during this stage.
Note: If a candidate is not seeking a new job through the Koch Associate Program, the hiring phase is not necessary to join the program.
If you are selected and have secured a job, only then are you officially admitted to the Koch Associate Program.
- Solid understanding of free-market principles.
- Commitment to limited government and the advancement of individual liberty.
- Typically, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
- Solid academic record.
- Strong interest in learning and applying MBM® in a non-profit setting.
- Desire to become a better and more equipped professional.
- Demonstration of entrepreneurial thinking.
You must submit the following items through our online application for admission. Also, be prepared to identify possible career paths.
- A résumé.
- The names and contact information of two references, along with his or her relationship to you. Letters of recommendation or reference are not required.
- A personal statement that conveys why you are a compelling candidate for the Koch Associate Program. The statement is your opportunity to tell us why you are a compelling candidate for our educational programs; it may address your career interests or goals, significant accomplishments or obstacles overcome, educational or professional achievements, or any way in which your perspective, viewpoint, or experience will add to the richness of the educational environment at the Charles Koch Institute (300 word limit).
- A description of a specific example from the last 50 years of an economic policy or issue that aligns with your view of the ideal role of government (100 word limit).
- A description of a specific example from the last 50 years of an economic policy or issue that conflicts with your view of the ideal role of government (100 word limit).
- A list of three people or books that have influenced your philosophical or ideological thinking about the role of government. For each, explain in one sentence how it has influenced you.
- A video describing your professional development goals for the course of the program. You may find it helpful to focus on the Market-Based Management® component of the curriculum. (3 minute limit).*
- A video describing a professional or academic experience when your contributions were key to a group’s success. Please provide context to explain your role, your contributions, and the way you operated within the team (3 minute limit).*
- A video describing an example of a political or economic issue you have shifted your stance on recently and why (3 minute limit).*
*Videos will be evaluated based on content, not production quality (a webcam recording will do!) If you have questions or concerns regarding the video component, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative solutions.
Like a society, an organization is an economic system with rules, incentives and cultural values. Centuries of learning from all segments of society have taught us that freedom is a powerful engine for generating well-being, discovery, and growth. The Market-Based Management philosophy seeks to apply these lessons to the inner workings of an organization. Learn more.
The Koch Associate Program is a professional education program and the opportunity for a full-time job. Associates receive a competitive wage and benefits package commensurate with work experience and educational background from their partner organization.
Associates typically work in full-time roles for the duration of the program. Positions are varied and tend to represent all areas within a think tank, policy institute, or non-profit organization. Positions may include: policy research and analysis, communications, marketing, public relations, new media, fundraising, measurement and analysis, management, non-profit operations, human resources, and non-partisan education.
The Charles Koch Institute is located in Arlington, Virginia, and all the organizations where associates work are located in the Washington, DC area. If you are interested in opportunities outside this area, you may be a good candidate for Liberty@Work, a separate program that works with organizations on a nationwide level.
The Koch Associate Program started with just 13 associates in only seven organizations during the 2006-07 year. We have grown steadily since then and are welcoming more than 75 associates into the 2014-15 program.
On Thursdays, all associates participate in professional education sessions led by instructors here at the Institute. The curriculum varies week to week, but it typically includes speakers, reading discussions, group projects, and workshops focused on Market-Based Management®, as well as professional development. These days are also a unique opportunity for associates to interact with each other to make connections and build their professional networks.
Due to the varied positions available, associates come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. The most common undergraduate degrees include economics, political science, communications, history, and business. However, we encourage applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with more advanced degrees.