Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is Market-Based Management®?

Like a society, an organization is an economic system with rules, incentives, and cultural values. Centuries of learning from all segments of society have taught us that freedom is a powerful engine for generating well-being, discovery, and growth. The Market-Based Management® philosophy seeks to apply these lessons to the inner workings of an organization. The curricula for the Koch Internship Program and Koch Associate Program offer participants the opportunity to study these ideas further.

What is the vision of the Charles Koch Institute?

History demonstrates people are capable of extraordinary things when they have the opportunity to learn, contribute, and succeed. Our vision is guided by the principles of equal rights, mutual benefit, openness, and self-actualization. Read more about our vision here.

What opportunities exist after the programs?

Once a Charles Koch Institute program ends, the Institute will continue to connect with participants through the alumni engagement program, which includes events, networking, and continued professional development opportunities.

Who supports my program?

The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation collaborate to support the Institute’s educational programs. Students entering through the Institute’s programs receive support from both the Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation either directly through stipends or through grants to the student’s participating organization.

How can I learn more about a program?

A great way to learn more is to get in touch with our team. You may contact us today to talk about the program and ask any questions you may have. Email us at

Application Questions

When is the application deadline?

Spring 2020 KIP

Application Opens: November 4, 2019

Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

Program Begins: February 6, 2020

Program Ends: April 24, 2020


Summer 2020 KAP

Application Opens: February 1, 2020

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

Early Acceptance: May 2020

Rolling Acceptance: May – July 2020

Opening Conference: September 2020


2020 Poynter Media and Journalism Fellowship

Application Opens: November 2019

Application Deadline: February 2020

Fellowship Class Announced: May 2020

Program Begins: June 2020

What makes a compelling candidate?

There are many things that make an applicant compelling but some of the pieces we most often see from standout applications are: ability to clearly articulate their interest in the educational programs; a demonstrated desire to improve themselves through intellectual development and workplace experience; those that can articulate how they’ve demonstrated growth and been an entrepreneur in their past experiences; and a thirst for seeking and gaining knowledge.

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.

Logistical Questions

Do I have to move to the Washington, DC, area to participate in the Charles Koch Institute’s educational programs?

The Charles Koch Institute’s educational programs offer participants the option to work in the Washington, DC area and attend weekly courses at Charles Koch Institute, or work at participating organizations located around the country and attend Charles Koch Institute’s online weekly courses.

Does the Charles Koch Institute provide housing?

We do not provide housing, but participants aren’t alone when they join a program. The Charles Koch Institute connects participants to one another prior to the program start so that they can discuss housing opportunities.

What if I need a visa?

The Charles Koch Institute does not sponsor visas for candidates for the Koch Internship Program. However, some participating organizations may choose to accept candidates who need a visa on a case-by-case basis. J-1 internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States for cultural and educational exchange. These programs must be accredited through the Exchange Due to the application process timeline for the Koch Internship Program, 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.

Payment Questions

Is the Koch Internship Program stipend taxable?

Participants who secure an internship with a participating organization through the program will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 (10-week summer program) or $5,400 (12-week spring and fall programs). Participants working in positions they held prior to admission to the program will receive an adjusted stipend. The stipend is intended to cover housing, travel, and related costs that fellows will incur over the course of the program.

The stipend participants receive is taxable by the IRS and may be taxable by other tax authorities. Participants are responsible for reporting the stipend on their taxes.

How much do the programs pay?

The Koch Associate Program and Media and Journalism Fellowship Program participants will earn salaries that are commensurate on their education and experience.

Koch Internship Program participants are generally paid a stipend intended to cover housing, travel, and related costs over the course of the program. While part-time participation is permitted (an equivalent to three days per week at a participating organization), all components of the Institute’s classroom curriculum are mandatory for participants.

KIP ParticipationCompensation (payments made in installments during the program)
Full-time participationEquivalent of $450 a week. Disbursed in 4 installments.
Part-time participation$270 per week. Disbursed in 4 installments.
Participation through a position held prior to the program (must be approved by our selection team)Up to $1,000 total. Disbursed in 4 installments.

Additional Resources

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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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