Koch Associate Program

Koch Associate Program

About the Program

Do you want to be a leader who helps tackle the major challenges of our time? The Koch Associate Program (KAP) is a demanding opportunity for high-performing, early career individuals to accelerate their professional growth.

KAP equips associates with the principles, network, and resources to succeed as social entrepreneurs: leaders who come from all walks of life and use their unique gifts to advance positive changes in society and help people improve their lives.

Beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, the Koch Associate Program will be offered on the following days/times:

  • KAP (Online) – Program runs every Wednesday of the week
  • KAP (In-Person) – Program runs every Thursday of the week

Note: Associates work full-time at a participating organization on non-program days.

Important Program Dates

Applications OpenApplication DeadlineEarly AcceptanceRolling AcceptanceOpening Conference
February 1, 2020June 30, 2020May 2020May – July 2020September 2020

What You’ll Experience in the Koch Associate Program

KAP will accelerate your career through a demanding curriculum and a full-time job at one of our many participating organizations. Here’s a snapshot of what you will experience:

  • Project-based learning to understand and apply the principles of Market-Based Management® (MBM®), Charles Koch’s management philosophy that has brought proven results to his private company and philanthropies. Associates learn to apply MBM® to be more effective leaders no matter their role.
  • Studying the core concepts that drive effective social change, gleaning insights from multiple disciplines and the works of thought leaders that reflect innovative scholarship across disciplines such as social science, history, philosophy, psychology, economics, management, and more.
  • Learning directly from innovative social entrepreneurs who are helping others transform their lives, including scholars, community leaders, executives at mission-oriented businesses, and public policy professionals.

The curriculum is designed to make you more effective in your role with a KAP participating organization and to equip you for long-term success in whatever ways you contribute to society as a social entrepreneur.

Our associates and alumni work with some of the country’s leading advocacy initiatives, educational organizations, community-based groups, think tanks, and more. The network of individuals and organizations connected through the program provides participants and alumni with the opportunity to make a difference.

What’s in it for me?

Discovering what drives you

Drive your own professional development by gaining greater insight into what you are truly passionate about while developing your strengths. You’ll find opportunities to stretch yourself outside your comfort zone, build new skills, and gather knowledge from diverse sources.

Accelerating your career

Build a career that makes an impact. Through our MBM® curriculum participants learn to improve their ability to lead, innovate, and use principles-based thinking to make more effective decisions.

Getting connected

KAP will help you build meaningful relationships with a diverse group of fellow participants, faculty, and guests. Completing a Charles Koch Institute educational program comes with many long-term benefits, including access to an alumni network of more than 3,800 professionals.

Finding greater fulfillment in your work

Contribute to a transformative mission and help achieve a society where all people can realize their extraordinary potential.

Ready to Apply?

Our country needs more leaders dedicated to working toward a better society for everyone.

Apply and learn more about our application process.

Alumni Network

Our educational program alumni are helping to drive positive social transformation, such as working to expand educational opportunity for all, enable community-based solutions to social challenges, and support a free press.

In addition to many other professional paths, future careers for our alumni have included becoming founders of non-profits, tenured professors, journalists, expert policy analysts.  Learn more about our alumni who have been honored by Forbes’ “30 Under 30.”

Completing a Charles Koch Institute educational program comes with many long-term benefits, including access to an alumni network of more than 4,500 professionals. Just as the Institute is dedicated to helping our participants grow and evolve professionally, we are equally excited to help our alumni reach their goals and make a difference in the world throughout their career.

As an alumnus, you will have access to resources that will help you continue to build skills and meet your goals. These resources include:

  • Access to the alumni LinkedIn group, and the associated discussion boards, job postings, and networking opportunities.
  • Invitations to alumni-only events, happy hours, and conferences.
  • Support from the Alumni Relations team staff.

Questions about how our alumni network can help you? Email our alumni team at alumni@charleskochinstitute.org

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