Koch Internship Program
A semester of professional education and an internship opportunity for those who are passionate about free societies and want to work to improve people’s lives.
Spring Koch Internship Program Dates: January 30 – May 5, 2016
Opening Week: January 30 – February 3
Summer Koch Internship Program Dates: June 5 – August 11
Opening Week: June 5 – 9
Attendance throughout the opening week is required to successfully complete the program.
About the Koch Internship Program (KIP)
The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long internship program, which takes place during the fall, spring, and summer, gives students an introduction to non-profit careers through paid, hands-on experience and a unique curriculum to help set them up for future success. Interns have the option of working for a non-profit organization in the Washington, DC, area or elsewhere around the country.
Through the program, interns will be placed in a full- or part-time internship with a partner organization. Roles are available in a variety of fields, including:
- Policy and research analysis.
- Communications and public relations.
- Marketing and digital media.
- Development and fundraising.
- Graphic design and video production.
While applicants frequently have undergraduate degrees in economics, political science, communications, history, or business, we encourage applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.
KIP at a glance
What’s in it for me?
A paid internship.
You can never have too much experience—especially if you’re a rising professional or about to graduate college. Start building your résumé with a paid internship at a non-profit organization.
You’ll take weekly classes with Charles Koch Institute faculty. The courses include professional development, reading discussions, career panels, and more! You’ll also get an introduction to Market-Based Management®. MBM® applies the foundational aspects of a free society—like free speech and property rights—to help an organization grow and prosper.
A network of friends and leaders.
During the internship, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with current and future leaders—some of whom may be your own classmates. These personal and professional connections will help you during your internship and beyond. After the program, you’ll join a network of more than 3,000 alumni who remain connected through our alumni programming.
How You’ll Spend Your Time
|ProgramDC-Based||MondayInternship at partner organization.||TuesdayClass at the Charles Koch Institute (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).||WednesdayInternship at partner organization.||ThursdayInternship at partner organization.||FridayInternship at partner organization.|
|ProgramState-Based||MondayInternship at partner organization.
Class through online, interactive portal (1-4 p.m.).
|TuesdayInternship at partner organization.||WednesdayInternship at partner organization.||ThursdayInternship at partner organization.||FridayInternship at partner organization.|
No matter where they are—whether in DC or in the states—all interns spend a portion of their week taking classes.
The curriculum includes:
- Workshops and simulations.
- Reading discussions.
- Speakers and presentations.
- Career panels.
See what a typical Tuesday at the Institute might look like for DC-based interns.
|Time & Activity9:30-10:30 a.m.||Panel: “Careers in Academia.”|
|Time & Activity10:45-11:45 a.m.||Policy lecture: “Classical Liberalism and Foreign Policy.”|
|Time & Activity1:00-2:30 p.m.||MBM training: Guiding Principles Tools.|
|Time & Activity2:45-3:45 p.m.||Workshop: Public Speaking.|
|Time & Activity4:00-5:00 p.m.||Reading discussion: The Law, Frédéric Bastiat.|
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