Koch Fellow Program: Development
A semester of development and fundraising 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): Development
The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long fellow program gives students interested in development and fundraising the opportunity to gain hands-on, paid experience while receiving targeted professional training. In addition to participating in weekly discussions on different aspects of development careers, 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 at a partner organization. Roles are specifically geared toward a future career in development; however, we encourage applicants from all academic disciplines, as well as those with more advanced degrees.
KFP: Development 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 development.
You’ll have the unique opportunity to build your professional knowledge not only with a paid internship, but also with weekly lectures on development topics from leading experts. 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 network with established development professionals while engaging in workshops, discussions, and training. 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: Development blends professional development workshops with lectures and discussions. The curriculum may include:
- Organization case studies.
- Networking workshops.
- 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: “What is a Career in Development?”|
|Time & Activity10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Development Hierarchy of Needs.”|
|Time & Activity12:30-1:30 p.m.||Lunch.|
|Time & Activity1:30-2:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Effective Public Speaking.”|
|Time & Activity2:45-4:00 p.m.||Workshop: Elevator Pitches.|
|Time & Activity4:15-5:30 p.m.||Case study: Leadership Institute.|
|Time & Activity5:30-6:30 p.m.||Dinner.|
|Time & Activity6:30-7:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Technology in Development.”|
|Time & Activity7:30-9:00 p.m.||Evening reception.|