Frequently Asked Questions
- An understanding of and interest in free-market principles.
- Commitment to limited government and the advancement of individual liberty.
- Solid academic record.
- Intellectual curiosity.
- Willingness to learn and be challenged.
- Desire to become a better and more equipped professional.
- Demonstration of entrepreneurial thinking.
Tuesdays at the Institute (for DC-based interns) and Thursday online sessions (for state-based interns) are varied, but the curriculum usually consists of four broad components:
- Workshops & Simulations: Interactive workshops taught by Institute instructors build practical skills public speaking, writing, time management, and interviewing. Simulations bring to life concepts of economic thinking, incentives, vision, and integrity.
- Reading Discussions: To understand the philosophical underpinnings of free societies, interns read selections from a variety of disciplines including management, economics, philosophy, and political science.
- Speakers & Presentations: Interns are exposed to leaders and experts in policy, communications, non-profit management, and professional development.
- Group Projects (DC-based program only): Interns take educational concepts from theory to practice, applying economic thinking principles in team projects and reflecting on the results.
You are generally required to attend the opening week and all subsequent Tuesday programming. If you’d like to participate at your partner organization part-time, you can spend the equivalent of three days there. For part-time participants, stipends will be $2,700 for the 10 week summer program, and $3,780 for the 14 week spring program.
You must submit the following items through our online application for admission. You should also be prepared to identify what types of jobs you are interested in.
- A résumé.
- The names and contact information of two references, along with their 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 Internship 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 email@example.com to discuss alternative solutions.
Due to the application process timeline for the Koch Internship Program and Koch Fellow Programs, individuals who need a J-1 Visa may not be eligible for the programs. The J-1 Visa process can be lengthy and the ability to start participating on the first day of the program is a requirement. Please take this information into consideration before applying.