The Koch Associate Program (KAP) invests in the rising generation of leaders our society needs — social entrepreneurs who will create solutions, who seek to break the barriers that stand in the way of all people realizing their potential.

To support these leaders, we offer job placement, training, and networking opportunities personalized for them.

KAP blends professional development with real work experience for up to two years. Successful candidates for KAP are early to mid-career professionals eager for growth and to confront society’s biggest challenges.

While in the program, associates work at one of our many partner organizations and spend one day at Charles Koch Institute for professional development. The training provided by CKI focuses on these pillars:

  • Learning how to be a self-directed learner and contribute to your workplace
  • Discovering and developing your unique aptitudes and strengths
  • Applying Market-Based Management for success

Each associate is mentored by a seasoned professional and works on a capstone project on what matters most to them.

Throughout the program CKI hosts summits designed to help each entrepreneur take a meaningful step forward on their project and connect with resources from across our philanthropic community.

We offer unique concentrations for social entrepreneurs who enter KAP with established interests in specific fields, with the possibility of extending their role for up to 12 months after the program. These tracks include tech policy, foreign policy, health care, and nonprofit fundraising. To indicate your interest in a concentration, apply for KAP and note your focus.

Important Program Dates

Applications OpenApplication ClosesRolling AdmissionsOpening ConferenceClosing Conference
February 1, 2021May 31, 2021March – June 2021September 2021May 2022

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