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 to become what we call social entrepreneurs: principled leaders who take action and build partnerships to help people improve their lives. Through KAP, participants gain the knowledge and connections to make a far greater impact in the world. Participants are innovative, collaborative, and dedicated to breaking the barriers throughout society that hold people back from realizing their full potential.

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.

See our Application Process for the best times to apply for the 2019 Koch Associate Program.

Important Program Dates

Weekly programming will run from Sep 2019 – May 2020.

Koch Associate Program at a Glance

  • 10 Months

    Length of Program

  • 100

    Average Class Size

  • 90+

    Participating Organizations

What You’ll Experience in the Koch Associate Program

Our associates and alumni work on some of the most complex challenges facing our society. In order to prepare associates to meet those challenges, we have an intellectually rigorous curriculum that mixes study and real-world application. The curriculum is also tailored to the educational needs of the associates. Below are some aspects of the KAP curriculum that help associates drive principled social change through their work.

  • Advanced seminars and workshops focused on social science, history, philosophy, and related disciplines that help prepare associates to be leaders working on complex issues. Participants will engage with the ideas of a diverse range of thinkers from antiquity to the cutting edge of innovation, including Aristotle, Abraham Maslow, F.A. Hayek, Peter Diamandis, Deirdre McCloskey, and many more. We will delve into topics such as equal rights, toleration, technology & innovation, free trade, and self-actualization, so that participants better understand the ethical and practical challenges facing our society, as well as principled, reality-based strategies aimed at driving meaningful social change.
  • Faculty and speaker presentations and discussions about important issues in society, such as understanding the opportunities and challenges of innovation, stopping corporate welfare, expanding educational opportunity, addressing persistent poverty, reforming the criminal justice system, and more.
  • Discussion and project-based learning to understand and apply the principles of Market-Based Management®, which is the management philosophy used by Koch Industries—one of the most successful private companies in the country. Through our MBM® curriculum, associates improve their ability to prioritize what’s important, become a preferred partner of their customers, apply principled thinking to solve problems and capture opportunities, proactively seek and share knowledge to make more effective decisions, develop the mindset of a principled entrepreneur, and drive their own improvement through lifelong learning and continual transformation. Associates learn to apply MBM®to be more effective principled-social change entrepreneurs who create superior value and help others be more successful.
  • When at their participating organization, associates take the lessons they learn in the classroom and proactively apply the ideas to their work—often collaborating with their colleagues to do so. Through this effort, associates deepen their understanding of key principles and are equipped to create more value as high-impact contributors advancing principled social change.

What’s in it for me?

Accelerating your non-profit career.

Explore a career that advances principled social change through a variety of professional fields and experiences. Through our MBM® curriculum, associates learn to identify the barriers that prevent them from being more effective employees and collaborators. They learn to improve their ability to use principles-based thinking to help them make more effective decisions.

Discovering what drives you.

Drive your own professional development and discover and develop your strengths and passions—the things that motivate you to learn, contribute, and succeed. You’ll find opportunities to stretch yourself outside your comfort zone, build new skills, and gather knowledge from diverse sources.

Creating value for others.

Receive in-depth education on Market-Based Management®, Charles Koch’s management philosophy that enables organizations to succeed long term by applying the principles of social, scientific, and individual progress. By internalizing and applying these principles to your work, you’ll be equipped with a unique way to solve problems, capture opportunities, and contribute to a society of mutual benefit by creating more value for others.

Advancing principled social change.

Be a part of meaningful work that aims to inspire and support a movement of people from all walks of life and helps eliminate the barriers in society that are making it more difficult people to learn, contribute, and succeed. Through a series of discussions, workshops, projects, guest speakers, and more, KAP will help you supercharge your contributions.

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 3,800 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.
  • 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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Application Process

Our admissions process takes place on a rolling basis. Click to begin a new application or to finish a previously started application.

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