Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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 the talent outreach team or call the Institute at 703-875-1600.

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

No. The Charles Koch Institute is located in Arlington, Virginia. However, all of our programs offer participants the option to work either in the Washington, DC, area or at a partner organization around the country. Additionally, there are options for in-person and online courses depending on a participant’s location.

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 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 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.

What if I need a visa?

The Charles Koch Institute does not sponsor visas for candidates for the Koch Internship Program or Koch Fellow Programs. However, some partner 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 Visitor Program designated by the U.S. State Department.

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.

What is the difference between the Koch Internship Program and the Koch Fellow Programs?

The Koch Internship Program and the Koch Fellow Programs both offer semester-long, paid educational and professional opportunities and have participants in organizations across the country. The key difference between the programs is their respective focus area(s):

Program Statewide & DC Focus Area(s)
Koch Internship Program Yes Various, including communications and policy.
Koch Fellow Program: Communications Yes Solely communications.
Koch Fellow Program: Policy Yes Solely policy.

Payment Questions

Are Koch Internship Program and Koch Fellow Program stipends taxable?

Participants who find placements through the program will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 (10-week summer program) or $6,300 (14-week spring and fall programs). Participants working in positions they held prior to admission to the program will receive an adjusted stipend based on their time spent in the program. 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.

Is travel reimbursed for fellows attending educational seminars at the beginning and end of programs?

Participants in the Koch Fellow Program who are interning at a partner organization located over 150 miles away from the Charles Koch Institute may be eligible for a partial travel reimbursement of up to $175 per seminar.

How much do the programs pay?

Koch Internship Program (KIP) and Koch Fellow Program (KFP) 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 partner organization), a components of the Institute’s classroom curriculum are mandatory for participants.

KIP and KFP Participation Compensation (payments made in installments during the program)
Full-time participation $450 per week (10-week program: $4,500; 14-week program: $6,300)
Part-time participation $270 per week (10-week program: $2,700; 14-week program: $3,780)
Participation through a position held prior to the program (must be approved by our selection team) Up to $1,000 total (for 10-and 14-week programs)

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