Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn more about a program?
A great way to learn more is to get in touch with our team. You may contact us today to talk about the program and ask any questions you may have. Email the talent outreach team or call the Institute at 703-875-1600.
What is Market-Based Management®?
Like a society, an organization is an economic system with rules, incentives, and cultural values. Centuries of learning from all segments of society have taught us that freedom is a powerful engine for generating well-being, discovery, and growth. The Market-Based Management philosophy seeks to apply these lessons to the inner workings of an organization.
How much do the programs pay?
The Koch Internship Program (KIP) and the Koch Fellow Program (KFP) participants are generally paid a stipend intended to cover housing, travel, and related costs over the course of the program.
|KIP and KFP Participation*||Compensation (payments made in installments during the program)|
|Full-time participation||$450 per week (10-week program: $4,500; 14-week program: $6,300)|
|Part-time participation**||$270 per week (10-week program: $2,700; 14-week program: $3,780)|
|Participation through a position held prior to the program (must be approved by our selection team)||Up to $1,000 total (for 10- and 14-week programs)|
*All components of the Institute curriculum are mandatory for participants.
**Part-time participation at a partner organization must be the equivalent of three days.
Are Koch Fellow Program and Koch Internship Program stipends taxable?
Participants who find placements through the program will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 (10-week summer program) or $6,300 (14-week spring program). Participants working in positions they held prior to admission to the program will receive an adjusted stipend based on their time spent in the program. The stipend is intended to cover housing, travel, and related costs that fellows will incur over the course of the program.
The stipend participants receive is taxable by the IRS and may be taxable by other tax authorities. Participants are responsible for reporting the stipend on their taxes.
Do I have to move to the Washington, DC, area to participate in the Charles Koch Institute’s educational programs?
The Charles Koch Institute is located in Arlington, Virginia, and individuals participating in the Koch Associate Program work at organizations located in the Washington, DC, area. All of our other programs provide opportunities to work for an organization either in the DC area or in your state.
Does the Charles Koch Institute provide housing?
We do not provide housing, but participants aren’t alone when they join a program. The Charles Koch Institute connects participants to one another prior to the program start so that they can discuss housing opportunities.
What opportunities exist after the programs?
Once a Charles Koch Institute program ends, the Institute will continue to connect with participants through the alumni engagement program, which includes events, networking, and continued professional development opportunities.
What is the difference between the Koch Internship Program and the Koch Fellow Programs?
The Koch Internship Program and Koch Fellow Programs both offer semester-long, paid educational and professional opportunities and have participants in organizations across the country. The key difference between the programs is their respective focus area(s):
|Program||Statewide & DC||Focus Area(s)|
|Program, Statewide & DC, Focus Area(s):Koch Internship Program||Yes||Various, including communications and policy.|
|Program, Statewide & DC, Focus Area(s):Koch Fellow Program: Communications||Yes||Solely focused on communications.|
|Program, Statewide & DC, Focus Area(s):Koch Fellow Program: Development||Yes||Solely focused on development.|
|Program, Statewide & DC, Focus Area(s):Koch Fellow Program: Policy||Yes||Solely focused on policy.|
What if I need a visa?
The Charles Koch Institute does not sponsor visas for candidates for the Koch Internship Program or Koch Fellow Programs. However, some partner organizations may choose to accept candidates who need a visa on a case-by-case basis. J-1 internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States for cultural and educational exchange. These programs must be accredited through the Exchange Visitor Program designated by the U.S. State Department.
Due to the application process timeline for the Koch Internship Program and Koch Fellow Programs, individuals who need a J-1 Visa may not be eligible for the programs.
The J-1 Visa process can be lengthy and the ability to start participating on the first day of the program is a requirement. Please take this information into consideration before applying.