For questions about the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, click here.

How long are the programs, and how many times a year are they offered?

The Koch Internship Program is a 10-week, semester-long program, offered three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The Koch Associate Program is up to a year-long program if admitted and signed with a participating organization in May. If you begin in September it is a 9-month program. This program is offered once a year.

Who should apply?

Our programs are designed for aspiring social entrepreneurs: leaders who want a meaningful career helping others improve their lives to reach their full potential. Social entrepreneurs are curious and intellectually honest, always seeking new opportunities to learn and grow. They are energized by discovering new solutions to real-world problems and collaborating with others.

How do I secure an internship or associate position at a participating organization?

Our selection process includes two stages. In the first stage candidates interview with the Charles Koch Institute’s Selection Team. If successful, candidates are advanced to the finalist stage, where they gain access to the KIP and KAP job portal. In the job portal candidates apply for the open roles that interest them and interview with participating organizations. Once a candidate receives and accepts an offer from a participating organization, they are officially accepted into the program.

What if I already work for a participating organization?

If you currently work for an organization participating in the Koch Internship Program or the Koch Associate Program, you still must apply. If accepted into a program, we will work with your employer to determine if your role is eligible.

Can I apply for the Koch Internship Program or Koch Associate Program if I do not have placement at a participating organization?

Absolutely! The majority of our applicants do not enter the selection process with placement. We welcome and encourage all those interested in our educational programs to apply. You will have an opportunity to explore the open roles on our job portal and secure placement if moved to the finalist stage.

Who are the participating organizations?

Here is a list of some of our participating organizations.

What days will I work at the participating organization?

The Koch Associate Program is a full-time opportunity. Typically you will work at the participating organization on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during normal business hours. Full-time participation in the Koch Internship Program holds similar hours. The specific time commitments necessary for each role will be determined by your participating organization.

When is programming?

Programming is on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the duration of your participation. Attending Wednesday programming is required for part-time interns, full-time interns, and associates.

What will I experience in programming?

We give you the tools and resources to customize your experience and direct your own learning, developing the professional and social skills you need to succeed. During the program you will:

Engage with advisers to discover and develop your unique aptitudes and advance your long-term goals.

Learn and apply the principles of Market-Based Management®, a powerful management philosophy that empowers individuals and organizations to solve problems, capture opportunities, and transform society.

Grow your professional network, meeting peers and mentors that can support you throughout your career.

What is Market-Based Management® ?

Market-Based Management (MBM®) enables organizations to succeed in the long term by applying the principles that allow free societies to prosper. Just as upholding values such as free speech, property rights, and progress is important to a healthy, growing society, it is also pivotal in fostering a healthy, growing organization.

By applying the components of a free-market society to Koch Industries through this management philosophy, Charles Koch was able to build a successful, multinational company. Over the last 40 years, Koch Industries has grown to have a presence in about 60 countries and currently employs about 100,000 people worldwide. MBM®’s proven success in the business world can provide great value to non-profit organizations because, at its essence, it focuses on creating real, sustainable value for society.

To learn more about MBM ® and our educational programs, read this blog post.

What is the vision of the Charles Koch Institute?

History demonstrates that 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?

Our relationship with program participants does not end after graduation. Our alumni-engagement team is here to continue partnering with you well after the program ends. We are here to come alongside you in your journey to find fulfillment and further develop your skills.

Alumni are invited to attend events, contribute to the classroom as guest speakers and mentors, and stay connected to new career opportunities in our philanthropic community and beyond. Program participants gain access to our alumni community of more than 4,500 individuals from across the world who are in different stages of their professional careers.

How can I learn more?

A great way to learn more about the Koch Associate Program and the Koch Internship Program is to visit the webpages. Each page outlines specifics for that particular program. If you still have questions after viewing the relevant pages, get in touch with our team! You can email us your questions at

Where can I find information about the application questions and the application process?

Visit the application process page to learn more about our two-step selection process and read the questions you’ll find on our application.

Where can I find the important dates and deadlines for each program?

Both the Koch Associate Program and the Koch Internship Program webpages have an important dates section, included below:

Koch Internship Program: Spring 2021   

October 12, 2020Application Opens
January 1, 2021Application Closes
February 10, 2021Program Begins
Friday, April 16, 2021Program Ends

Koch Internship Program: Summer 2021  

February 10, 2021Application Opens
April 16, 2021Application Closes
June 2, 2021Program Begins
August 6, 2021Program Ends

Koch Associate Program: 2021-2022  


February 1, 2021Application Opens
May 31, 2021Application Closes
March – June 2021Rolling Admissions
September 2021Opening Conference
May 2022Closing Conference

Do I have to move to the Washington, DC, area to participate?

You do not need to move to Washington, DC. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Charles Koch Institute programming is currently online. Our team is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates if that status changes.

What if I need a visa?

The Charles Koch Institute does not sponsor visas for our educational programs. Our participating organizations may choose to sponsor a candidate’s visa on a case-by-case basis. This can be a lengthy process and not all our organizations will provide sponsorship. Finalists must work directly with their participating organization to begin the visa process. The ability to secure a visa sponsorship prior to the program’s placement deadline is a requirement for participation. Please take the visa timeline into consideration before applying.

Is the Koch Internship Program stipend taxable?

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 participants will earn salaries that are commensurate to their education and experience as determined by their participating organization.

Koch Internship Program participants who secure a full-time internship with a participating organization will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 for the 10-week 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 and stipends will be adjusted.

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

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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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