Koch Fellow Program: Communications

Koch Fellow Program: Communications

About the Program

Are you an adept communicator with the drive to turn a non-profit’s vision into action? Our semester-long fellow program provides hands-on experience and is available during the fall and summer. Fellows will explore communications career paths while also attending networking seminars and participating in a paid full- or part-time internship at one of our prestigious partner organizations in Washington, DC, or around the country.

Internship roles are specifically geared toward a future career in communications; however, we encourage applicants from all academic disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.

Important Program Dates

See our Application Process for the best dates to apply for the Summer Koch Fellow Program: Communications.

Program Dates Opening Week Closing Week Graduation
Spring Dates Jan. 29 – May 2, 2018 Jan. 29 – 21, 2018 April 30 – May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018
Summer Dates June 4 – Aug. 8, 2018 June 4 – 6, 2018 Aug. 6 – 8, 2018 Aug. 8, 2018
Fall Dates Sept. 5 – Dec. 4, 2018 Sept. 5 – 7, 2018 Dec. 3 – 4, 2018 Dec. 4, 2018

Koch Fellow Program: Communications at a Glance

  • 10 Weeks

    Length of Summer Program

  • 14 Weeks

    Length of Fall Programs

  • 74

    Program Alumni

  • $450

    Weekly Stipend

  • 150+

    Partner Organizations

What Your Schedule May Look Like

You’ll get hands-on experience with your partner organization for most of every week and enhance your skills in our half-day programming on Thursdays. Classes are led by our talented faculty with a curriculum that includes:

  • Media training.
  • Strategic communications workshop.
  • Op-ed writing.
  • Public speaking.

All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.

What's in it for me?

A paid internship.

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

Professional development.

In weekly classes, you’ll hear from communications professionals, gaining real insight into your career. You’ll also meet with your classmates and instructors for opening and closing seminars to engage in workshops and simulations.

A network of friends and 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!

Typical Opening Seminar Day

9:00 – 10:00a Lecture: “Non-Profit Communications Careers”
10:15 – 11:30a Workshop: Effective Writing Skills
11:35 – 12:30p Lecture: “Framework for a Free and Open Society™”
12:30 – 1:30p Lunch
1:30 – 2:30p Lecture: “Effective Public Speaking”
2:45 – 4:15p Workshop: Public Speaking
4:30 – 5:30p Lecture: “Op-Ed Writing”
5:30 – 7:30p Evening reception

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Application Process

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