Koch Associate Program
A year of professional education and a full-time job for those passionate about promoting free societies to advance well-being.
Applications for the 2016-17 program are now closed.
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2016-17 Program Dates: July 11, 2016 to May 12, 2017
About the Koch Associate Program (KAP)
The Charles Koch Institute’s 10-month associate program, which is based in the Washington, DC, area, offers professionals the opportunity to gain paid, full-time work experience while studying a curriculum that focuses on the principles of a free society, leadership skills, and management training.
Through the program, associates will find a full-time position at a partner organization. The position will last for the duration of the program, and many participants are hired permanently upon completion of the program. Roles are available in a variety of fields within think tanks, policy institutes, and other non-profit organizations. Areas of focus include:
- Policy and research analysis.
- Communications and public relations.
- Marketing and digital media.
- Development and fundraising.
- Graphic design and video production.
- Human resources.
While applicants frequently have undergraduate degrees in economics, political science, communications, history, or business, we encourage applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.
KAP at a glance:
What’s in it for me?
The opportunity for a full-time job.
Begin your career or change things up with a role at a non-profit organization. Salary is commensurate with work experience and educational background.
Weekly professional development training and courses at the Charles Koch Institute will help you realize your professional goals throughout the year and beyond. You’ll also get in-depth training in Market-Based Management®. MBM® applies the foundational aspects of a free society—like free speech and property rights—to help an organization grow and prosper.
A network of non-profit leaders.
As an associate, you’ll have the opportunity to network with current and future non-profit leaders during classes and lectures. After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 alumni who remain connected through our alumni programming.
Did we mention that you’ll get to be in one of the country’s most vibrant cities? Associates can take advantage of the many events and activities in the DC area to form important personal and professional connections.
How You’ll Spend Your Time
|Monday Work at partner organization.||Tuesday Work at partner organization.||Wednesday Work at partner organization.||Thursday Classes at the Charles Koch Institute (1-5 p.m.).||Friday Work at partner organization.|
While you will work full-time during the rest of the week, on Thursdays, associates participate in classes led by faculty at the Institute. The curriculum includes:
- Workshops and simulations.
- Reading discussions.
- Speakers and presentations.
- Group projects.
All components of the curriculum are mandatory for participants.
See what a typical Thursday at the Institute might look like.
|Time & Activity1:00-1:15 p.m.||Afternoon Meeting|
|Time & Activity1:15 -2:30 p.m.||Foundations of the Framework for a Free Society|
|Time & Activity2:30 -2:45 p.m.||Break|
|Time & Activity2:45-4:00 p.m.||Professional Development: Career Planning|
|Time & Activity4:00-4:15 p.m.||Break|
|Time & Activity4:15-5:15 p.m.||Market-Based Management|
|Time & Activity5:15-5:30 p.m.||Closing meeting: Updates, housekeeping, and class announcements.|