A unique aspect of the Koch Associate Program is its structure. Each week, associates have four days of full-time work and one day of intensive professional education and training. The non-profit organizations where associates work range in size and include think tanks, public policy organizations, and educational organizations.
Thursdays are spent in the classroom at the Charles Koch Institute where associates learn and apply Market-Based Management® (MBM®), a framework for understanding how an organization grows and prospers long-term. Each week, instructors and lecturers will lead associates through workshops, reading discussions, and group projects. Through these different academic exercises, associates work to better understand how free markets drive well-being and how the principles of free societies can be implemented at an organizational level. Over the course of the year, associates gain the knowledge and skills to apply MBM tools and concepts in their full-time roles to achieve better results.
Thursdays at the Institute are varied, but the curriculum usually consists of four broad components:
Workshops & Simulations:
Interactive workshops taught by Institute instructors build skills like project management, effective decision-making, how to hire the right people, writing, public speaking and more. Simulations bring to life concepts of economic thinking, incentives, vision and integrity.
To understand the philosophical underpinnings of free societies, associates read selections from a variety of disciplines including management, economics, philosophy, and political science.
Speakers & Presentations:
Leaders and experts in policy, communications, non-profit management, and professional development speak with associates on a regular basis and deliver lectures.
Associates take training concepts from theory to practice, applying economic thinking principles to long-term team projects and reflecting on the results. In the past, groups have completed research and educational projects.
All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.