Koch Associate Program

Koch Associate Program

About the Program

Our 10-month associate program offers professionals the opportunity to gain real-world experience and have a lasting impact on the issues that matter most through paid, full-time work experience. You’ll take your skills to the next level with leadership and professional training and our exclusive curriculum on Market-Based Management®, the philosophy that built Koch Industries into one of the most successful private companies in the world. Participants also engage with readings and discussions on the ideas of a free and open society that help people accomplish their full potential and maximize their social contribution. Areas of focus include:

  • Policy & research analysis.
  • Communications & public relations.
  • Marketing & digital media.
  • Development & fundraising.
  • Graphic design & video production.
  • Human resources.
  • Operations & IT.

While applicants frequently have undergraduate degrees in economics, political science, communications, history, or business, we encourage applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.


Koch Associate Program Online

The Koch Associate Program Online (formerly Liberty@Work) brings our exclusive curriculum to you, placing participants at our partner organizations in their home states or around the country.

Important Program Dates

See our Application Process for the best times to apply for the 2018 Koch Associate Program.

Program DurationOpening WeekClosing Week
2018 Program DatesJuly 11, 2018 – May 10, 2019July 9 – 13, 2018May 6 – 10, 2019

Koch Associate Program at a Glance

  • 10 Months

    Length of Program

  • 1,170

    Program Alumni

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

  • 90+

    Partner Organizations

  • 78%

    Associates Hired Upon Program Completion

What Your Schedule May Look Like

Your week will be focused on the hands-on experience provided by your partner organization and enhanced through the skills you’ll gain through our half-day programming. Classes are led by our talented faculty with a curriculum that includes:

  • Workshops & simulations.
  • Reading discussions.
  • Speakers & presentations.
  • Group projects.

All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.

Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, the Koch Associate Program will be offered on the following days/times:

  • KAP (Online) – Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-5:00pm ET
  • KAP (In-Person) – Thursday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm ET

What’s in it for me?

The opportunity for a full-time job.

Begin your career or change things up with a role at a non-profit organization. Salary is commensurate with work experience, skills, and educational background.

Polished professionalism.

Through weekly professional development, we’ll help you realize your goals through the year and beyond! You’ll also receive in-depth education on Market-Based Management, Charles Koch’s management philosophy that has brought proven results to his private company and philanthropies.

A network of non-profit leaders.

Participants will build a cross-country network of individuals through weekly classes and networking summits. After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 alumni, including our alumni who have been featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of future leaders!

The chance to make a real difference.

Whether you study in your hometown or in our nation’s capital, our exclusive programming lets you have a tangible impact on issues that matter.

Your Typical Day

1:00 – 1:15pOpening meeting with class announcements and updates
1:15 – 2:30pFoundations of the Framework for a Free and Open Society™
2:30 – 2:45pBreak
2:45 – 3:45pProfessional Development: Career Planning
3:45 – 4:00pBreak
4:00 – 5:15pFoundations of Market-Based Management®
5:15 – 5:30pClosing meeting with updates, housekeeping, and items for next week

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Application Process

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