Koch Fellow Program: Policy
A semester of policy-focused professional education and an internship opportunity for those who are passionate about free societies and want to work to improve people’s lives.
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): Policy
The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long fellow program gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on paid policy experience while participating in focused professional education. In addition to hearing from leading policy experts each Tuesday, fellows come together in DC 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 one of our partner organizations throughout the country. Roles are specifically geared toward a future career in policy and research analysis; however, we encourage applicants from all academic disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.
KFP: Policy 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 research and policy analysis.
You’ll have the unique opportunity to build your professional knowledge not only with a paid internship, but also with weekly lectures on policy 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. You’ll also network with policy experts from multiple research 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: Policy blends professional development workshops and lectures on the principles of a free society and policy issues. The lecture curriculum may include:
- Public choice theory.
- Classical liberal approach to foreign policy.
- Cronyism and corporate welfare.
- Criminal justice and policing reform.
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 & Activity8:00-9:00 a.m.||Breakfast.|
|Time & Activity9:00-10:45 a.m.||Lecture: “Cronyism, Corporatism, and the Constitution.”|
|Time & Activity11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.||Lecture: “Voluntary Exchange in Communities.”|
|Time & Activity12:45-4:00 p.m.||Lunch and break for networking.|
|Time & Activity4:00-5:45 p.m.||Class: Introduction to Political Economy.|
|Time & Activity5:45-7:00 p.m.||Dinner.|
|Time & Activity7:00-8:45 p.m.||Class: Theories of Distributive Justice.|
|Time & Activity9:00-10:00 p.m.||Discussion groups.|
|Time & Activity10:00 p.m.-||Networking social.|