Application Process

What is the selection process?

The typical selection process for educational programs consists of two parts: interviews with the Charles Koch Institute and interviews with participating organizations.

  • Interviews with the Charles Koch Institute: The selection process begins with a review of an online application. Successful candidates will be invited to participate in one or two video interviews.
  • Interviews with Participating Organizations: After successfully completing the Institute’s screening process, candidates will receive access to an online jobs portal, where they can apply to participating organizations’ open roles. It is only upon accepting a job offer with a participating organization that a candidate is officially admitted into an educational program.

Keep in mind there are multiple ways to be a part of the programs. If you’re already in an internship or full-time role at an approved participating organization you’re still eligible to apply but would be able to bypass the second step of the typical interview process.

What is included in the online application?


Koch Internship Program

Résumé and written responses of 250 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • What societal issue(s) or problem(s) do you hope to have an impact on and why? What contributions do you hope to make to those areas?
  • Tell us about a conversation you had with someone who held an opposing viewpoint. How did the conversation influence your view on the subject?
  • Describe a time when you faced an obstacle preventing you from accomplishing an important professional or personal goal. How did you overcome the obstacle? What alternative solutions did you consider? What was the outcome?
  • What are you looking to gain from KIP? In other words, what would make this program a valuable experience for you?

Koch Associate Program

Résumé and written responses of 200 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • What societal issue(s) do you hope to impact thought your career?
  • Describe a social, economic, or policy issue on which you have shifted your stance. What inspired you to change your mind?
  • Describe a time when you faced an obstacle preventing you from accomplishing an important professional or personal goal. How did you overcome the obstacle? What alternatives did you consider? What was the outcome?

Media Journalism Fellowship

Résumé and written responses of 200 words or less for each of the following questions:

  • Why journalism? What impact do you want to have?
  • What do you need in the next year in order to develop as a journalist?
  • Describe a time that you changed your mind about something or a story you covered that challenged your thinking?

Still have questions? Visit our FAQs or email the admissions team.

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