Koch Associate Program

Koch Associate Program

About the Program

Do you want to dedicate your career to advancing social change through non-profit work? The Koch Associate Program is a demanding opportunity for high-performing, early career individuals to accelerate their career in non-profits. Through the Koch Associate Program, associates learn about the principles and ideas that they can use to more effectively solve societal challenges.

KAP enables associates to become what we call “principled, social-change entrepreneurs.”  KAP is for professionals who are motivated to help people improve their lives by removing the barriers in society that are holding people back. Participants are entrepreneurial, dedicated to continual personal improvement, and passionate about working toward a better society for everybody.

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

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

Important Program Dates

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

  • 100

    Average Class Size

  • 90+

    Partner Organizations

What You’ll Experience in the Koch Associate Program

Each week associates dedicate their time to learning and applying the principles that lead to social progress and enable individuals to maximize their contribution. Associates attend programming with the Institute once a week and spend the rest of their time applying the ideas they learn in programming to their work at their non-profit partner organization. Below are some of the aspects of the KAP curriculum that help associates create more value through their work.

  • Small group discussions about the principles and ideas that enable societies to prosper. Associates engage with topics across a variety of disciplines, including a wide range of thinkers including authors like Frederick Douglass, Peter Diamandis, F.A. Hayek, Deirdre McCloskey, Frederic Bastiat, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Maslow, and Thomas Sowell. Associates explore ideas like permissionless innovation, spontaneous order, human dignity, equal rights, toleration, free speech, the price system, and mutual benefit to learn how to help people solve problems and improve their own and others’ lives.
  • 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 partner 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?

A non-profit career accelerator

Begin and reignite your career at a non-profit organization that advances principled social change through a variety of professional fields and experiences.

Discovering what drives you.

You’ll identify and capture opportunities to drive your own professional development and to 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.

Driving value creation.

Through KAP you’ll 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.

Through participation in KAP you will 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 speaker arrangements, and more, KAP will help you better understand how to contribute to beneficial social change.

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 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.

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

  • Automatic acceptance into Skill Lab, our online program for professional development courses and webinars.
  • 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

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