Koch Fellow Program: Communications
A semester of communications-focused professional education and a full- or part-time internship for those passionate about promoting free societies to advance well-being.
Spring Koch Fellow Program Dates: January 30 – May 3
Spring Opening Seminar: January 30 – February 1
Spring Closing Seminar: May 1 – 3
Summer Koch Fellow Program Dates: June 5 – August 9
Summer Opening Seminar: June 5 – 7
Summer Closing Seminar: August 7 – 9
Attendance throughout the seminar sessions is required to successfully complete the program.
About the Koch Fellow Program (KFP): Communications
The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long fellow program gives students who have a strong interest in communications the opportunity to gain hands-on, paid experience while participating in focused professional education. Participants will gain exposure to multiple career paths in communications, including marketing, strategic communications, media relations, and more. In addition to hearing from established communications professionals each Tuesday, fellows come together at the beginning and end of the program for professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Individuals interning at a partner organization located over 150 miles away from the Charles Koch Institute may be eligible for a partial travel reimbursement of up to $175 per seminar.
Through the program, fellows will find a full- or part-time internship with a partner organization. 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.
KFP: Communications at a glance
What’s in it for me?
An opportunity for a paid internship.
It is never too early to start building your résumé with paid professional experience that is tailored to a future career in communications.
You’ll gain exposure to multiple career paths in communications, including marketing, strategic communications, media relations, and more. You’ll also engage in exercises that build professional skills like public speaking and writing.
A network of friends and leaders.
You’ll join your classmates in the Washington, DC, area for opening and closing seminars. Here, you’ll not only receive professional development training and guidance, you’ll network with experts from a variety of communications fields. After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 alumni who remain connected through our alumni programming.
How You’ll Spend Your Time
|MondayInternship at partner organization.||TuesdayInternship at partner organization.
Evening lecture (6:15-8 p.m.).
|WednesdayInternship at partner organization.||ThursdayInternship at partner organization.||FridayInternship at partner organization.|
KFP: Communications blends professional development workshops and lectures on communications careers. The curriculum may include:
- Media training.
- Strategic communications workshop.
- Op-ed writing.
- Public speaking.
All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.
Here’s what a typical day at the opening and closing seminars may look like.
Don’t worry about the intense schedule—only the opening and closing seminar days will look like this!
|Time & Activity9:00-10:00 a.m.||Lecture: “Non-Profit Communications Careers.”|
|Time & Activity10:15-11:30 a.m.||Workshop: Effective Writing Skills.|
|Time & Activity11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Framework for a Free Society.”|
|Time & Activity12:30-1:30 p.m.||Lunch.|
|Time & Activity1:30-2:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Effective Public Speaking.”|
|Time & Activity2:45-4:15 p.m.||Workshop: Public Speaking Exercise.|
|Time & Activity4:30-5:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Op-Ed Writing.”|
|Time & Activity5:30-7:30 p.m.||Evening reception.|