Koch Internship Program

Koch Internship Program

About the Program

Interested in making a difference in the world, but not quite sure how? The Koch Internship Program (KIP) provides an opportunity to blend educational opportunities with meaningful work experiences.

Through KIP, interns learn about impactful careers in social entrepreneurship, where leaders who come from walks of life and use their unique gifts to advance positive changes in society and help people improve their lives.

In the program, interns work in paid positions at one of our many participating organizations.  Through their work in their roles and their time in our classroom, interns will join an intellectually vibrant community, seeking to discover and apply ideas that will help people improve their lives. In the program, interns:

  • Learn about CKI’s vision for social change and all the opportunities in our network of collaborators to make social entrepreneurship the centerpiece of your career.
  • Discover and develop your aptitudes and strengths so you can make a meaningful impact in the world while exploring roles and career fields that most interest you.
  • Learn about Market-Based Management® (MBM®), Charles Koch’s management philosophy that has brought proven results to his private company and philanthropies. With these skills, you’ll begin applying the mindsets and concepts to become a more effective employee and social entrepreneur.

Important Program Dates

You are welcome to apply for internship opportunities at any time before the deadline. However, we encourage you to apply early as admission into the program is competitive and done on a rolling basis. Candidates who apply closer to the deadline may be waitlisted.

Program DurationOpening WeekGraduation
Fall In-Person Dates12 weeks (Sept. 5 – Nov. 19, 2019)Sept. 5 – 6, 2019Nov. 19, 2019
Spring In-Person DatesTBATBATBA

Koch Internship Program at a Glance

  • 10 Weeks

    Summer Program

  • 12 Weeks

    Spring and Fall Program

  • $450

    Weekly Full-time Stipend

What You’ll Experience in the Koch Internship Program

Koch Interns spend four days a week working at a participating organization building the skills needed to contribute in the workplace and one day a week on professional education, focused on engaging conversation and hands-on projects that help them discover and explore what it means to be a more effective social entrepreneur. The curriculum includes:

  • Experienced social entrepreneurs lead conversations on a wide-range of social issues, including affecting change within the education system, making the immigration system safer and more open, liberalizing trade policy, bringing dignity to the criminal justice system, and helping our society embrace openness to a diversity of ideas.
  • Opportunities to hear from social entrepreneurs about how they kickstarted their careers in fields such as fundraising, outreach and external relations, grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy, and communications. Work with CKI staff to figure out the social impact you want to have through your career and to identify what the next best steps might be.
  • Education on the application of the principles of Market-Based Management®. Through our exclusive MBM® curriculum, you can improve your ability create value, innovate, and make a difference.

What's in it for me?

A paid internship.

We know building experience is crucial, especially if you’re a rising professional or about to graduate from college, and we’re here to help jump-start your career.

Professional and personal growth.

Throughout your internship experience, you’ll build and identify your aptitudes, develop professional skills, and expand your vision of what a career in social entrepreneurship could mean for you.

Getting connected

KIP 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.

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, advance principled business, discover community-based solutions to social challenges, support a free press, and improve public policy.

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.

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.
  • Connection to social change jobs and internships, found on our Alumni Jobs Page.
  • 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

Additional Resources

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