Application Process

Application Process

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What is the selection process?

The typical selection process for educational programs consists of two parts: interviews with the Charles Koch Institute and interviews with participating organizations.

  • Interviews with the Charles Koch Institute: The selection process begins with a review of an online application. Successful candidates will be invited to participate in one or two video interviews.
  • Interviews with Participating Organizations: After successfully completing the Institute’s screening process, candidates will receive access to an online jobs portal, where they can apply to participating organizations’ open roles. It is only upon accepting a job offer with a participating organization that a candidate is officially admitted into an educational program.

Keep in mind there are multiple ways to be a part of the programs. If you’re already in an internship or full-time role at an approved participating organization you’re still eligible to apply but would be able to bypass the second step of the typical interview process.

When is the best time to apply?

Spring 2020 KIP

Application Opens: November 4, 2019

Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

Program Begins: February 6, 2020

Program Ends: April 7, 2020

Applications are currently closed for the Koch Associate Program and the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship. Check back in early spring 2020 for additional details on the next program iterations and times to apply.

What is included in the online application?

Koch Internship Program

Résumé and written responses of 200 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • Describe your professional development goals for the course of the program and what steps you need to take in order to reach those goals.
  • Describe a situation when you developed an innovative approach to a problem in the workplace, on campus, or elsewhere. What steps did you take and what was the outcome? What alternatives did you consider?
  • Describe a social, economic, or policy issue on which you have shifted your stance. What inspired you to change your mind?

 

Koch Associate Program

Résumé and written responses of 300 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • What societal issue(s) do you hope to impact thought your career?
  • Describe a social, economic, or policy issue on which you have shifted your stance. What inspired you to change your mind?
  • Describe a time when you faced an obstacle preventing you from accomplishing an important professional or personal goal. How did you overcome the obstacle? What alternatives did you consider? What was the outcome?

 

Media Journalism Fellowship

Résumé and written responses of 200 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • Describe what freedom of the press means to you and its ideal role in society?
  • Describe a story you covered or read that challenged your thinking?
  • Describe something media has done to either positively or negatively impact society within the last 50 years?
  • Describe what inspires you to be a storyteller?

 

Still have questions? Visit our FAQs or email the admissions team.

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Participating Organizations

The Charles Koch Institute partners with other 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations that vary from small, public policy organizations to large think tanks.

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