A year of professional education and a full-time job for those passionate about promoting free societies to advance well-being and becoming non-profit leaders around the nation.
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2016-17 Program Dates: July 11, 2016 to May 12, 2017
About Liberty@Work (L@W®)
The Charles Koch Institute’s 10-month, interactive, Web-based program offers professionals the opportunity to gain paid, full-time work experience while studying a curriculum that focuses on the principles of a free society, leadership skills, and management training. In addition to participating in classes for a few hours each week, Liberty@Work participants travel to three networking summits throughout the year.
Through the program, participants will find a full-time position at one of our partner organizations based throughout the country. The position will last for the duration of the program, and many participants are hired permanently upon completion of the program. Roles are available in a variety of fields within think tanks, policy institutes, and other non-profit organizations. Areas of focus include:
- Policy and research analysis.
- Communications and public relations.
- Marketing and digital media.
- Development and fundraising.
- Graphic design and video production.
- Non-profit operations.
- Human resources.
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.
L@W at a glance
What’s in it for me?
An opportunity for a full-time job.
Begin your career or hone your experience as a leader in a non-profit organization. Salary is commensurate with work experience and educational background.
Become a leader in your field and at your organization by taking weekly classes focused on professional education and 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.
Participants build a cross-country network of talented individuals working to advance liberty and increase well-being at the state level. You’ll also attend three networking summits along with your classmates—and we take care of your travel and accommodations! After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 alumni who remain connected through our alumni programming.
How You’ll Spend Your Time
|MondayWork at partner organization.||TuesdayWork at partner organization.||WednesdayWork at partner organization.
Class through interactive, online portal (12:30-4:30 p.m.).
|ThursdayWork at partner organization.||FridayWork at partner organization.|
While you’ll work full-time during the rest of the week, Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to class with the Institute’s faculty through an interactive, Web-based platform. The curriculum includes:
- Workshops and simulations.
- Reading discussions.
- Speakers and presentations.
- Group projects.
All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.
See what a typical Wednesday online might look like.
|Time & Activity12:30-12:45 p.m.||Getting started: Class announcements and updates.|
|Time & Activity12:45-1:30 p.m.||Lecture: “What Think Tanks Do.”|
|Time & Activity1:50-2:40 p.m.||MBM workshop: Virtue and Talent.|
|Time & Activity3:00-3:50 p.m.||Lecture: “Policy Issues That Impact Opportunity.”|
|Time & Activity3:50-4:10 p.m.||Reading Discussion: Two Treatises of Government, John Locke.|
|Time & Activity4:10-4:30 p.m.||Wrapping up: Remaining questions, reminders, and looking ahead for next week.|