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Koch Internship Program


How long is the Koch Internship Program, and how many times a year is it offered? 

The Koch Internship Program is a 10-week, semester-long program, offered three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

How do I secure an internship position at a participating organization?

Our selection process includes two stages. In the first stage candidates interview with the Charles Koch Institute’s Selection Team. If successful, candidates are advanced to the finalist stage, where they gain access to the KIP job portal. In the job portal candidates apply for the open roles that interest them and interview with participating organizations. Once a candidate receives and accepts an offer from a participating organization, they are officially accepted into the program.

What if I already work for a participating organization?

If you currently work for an organization participating in the Koch Internship Program, you still must apply. If accepted into a program, we will work with your employer to determine if your role is eligible.

Can I apply for the Koch Internship Program if I do not have placement at a participating organization?

Absolutely! Many of our applicants do not enter the selection process with placement. We welcome and encourage all those interested in our educational programs to apply. You will have an opportunity to explore the open roles on our job portal and secure placement if moved to the finalist stage.

What days will I work at the participating organization?

Typically you will work at the participating organization on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during normal business hours. The specific time commitments necessary for each role will be determined by your participating organization.

When is programming?

Programming is on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the duration of your participation. Attending Wednesday programming is required for part-time interns and full-time interns.

Where can I find the important dates and deadlines for the Koch Internship Program?

The Koch Internship Program webpage has an important dates section.

Is the Koch Internship Program stipend taxable?

The stipend participants receive is taxable by the IRS and may be taxable by other tax authorities. Participants are responsible for reporting the stipend on their taxes.

How much does the Koch Internship program pay?

Koch Internship Program participants who secure a full-time internship with a participating organization will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 for the 10-week program. 

Part-time participation in the program is approximately 20 hours per week, and full-time participation in the program is approximately 40 hours per week.

Koch Associate Program


How long is the Koch Associates Program, and how many times a year is it offered?

The Koch Associate Program is up to a year-long program if admitted and signed with a participating organization in May. If you begin in September it is a 9-month program. This program is offered once a year.

How do I secure an associate position at a participating organization?

Our selection process includes two stages. In the first stage candidates interview with the Charles Koch Institute’s Selection Team. If successful, candidates are advanced to the finalist stage, where they gain access to the KAP job portal. In the job portal candidates apply for the open roles that interest them and interview with participating organizations. Once a candidate receives and accepts an offer from a participating organization, they are officially accepted into the program.

What if I already work for a participating organization?

If you currently work for an organization participating in the Koch Associate Program, you still must apply. If accepted into a program, we will work with your employer to determine if your role is eligible.

Can I apply for the Koch Associate Program if I do not have placement at a participating organization?

Absolutely! Many of our applicants do not enter the selection process with placement. We welcome and encourage all those interested in our educational programs to apply. You will have an opportunity to explore the open roles on our job portal and secure placement if moved to the finalist stage.

What days will I work at the participating organization?

The Koch Associate Program is a full-time opportunity. Typically you will work at the participating organization on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during normal business hours. The specific time commitments necessary for each role will be determined by your participating organization.

When is programming?

Programming is on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the duration of your participation. Attending Wednesday programming is required for associates.

What is the vision of the Charles Koch Institute?

History demonstrates that people are capable of extraordinary things when they have the opportunity to learn, contribute, and succeed. Our vision is guided by the principles of equal rights, mutual benefit, openness, and self-actualization. Read more about our vision here.

What opportunities exist after the programs?

Our relationship with program participants does not end after graduation. Our alumni-engagement team is here to continue partnering with you well after the program ends. We are here to come alongside you in your journey to find fulfillment and further develop your skills.

Alumni are invited to attend events, contribute to the classroom as guest speakers and mentors, and stay connected to new career opportunities in our philanthropic community and beyond. Program participants gain access to our alumni community of more than 4,500 individuals from across the world who are in different stages of their professional careers.

How can I learn more?

A great way to learn more about the Koch Associate Program, the Koch Internship Program or the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is to visit the webpages. Each page outlines specifics for that particular program. If you still have questions after viewing the relevant pages, get in touch with our team! You can email us your questions at admissions@charleskochinstitute.org.

Where can I find information about the application questions and the application process?

Visit the application process page to learn more about our two-step selection process and read the questions you’ll find on our application.

Where can I find the important dates and deadlines for the Koch Associate Program?

The Koch Associate Program webpage has an important dates section.

How much does the Koch Associate Program pay?

The Koch Associate Program participants will earn salaries that are commensurate to their education and experience as determined by their participating organization.

What are Koch Associate Program concentrations?

Aspiring social entrepreneurs with established interests in the below fields can apply to participate in a concentration focusing on that field while in KAP. This provides associates an opportunity to learn from industry experts and gain knowledge and skills in their chosen field. While the Koch Associate Program is 10-months, those who participate in a concentration may be invited to continue working at their participating organization for up to two years.

  • Tech & Innovation Policy
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Non-profit Fundraising
  • Leadership

Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship


What is the program looking for in a successful applicant?

Most important, we want to see your passion for journalism. We’re not looking for someone “testing the waters” as they look for a career. We’re looking to see if you’ve always known journalism was in your blood or more recently came to that realization. We want to see your effort in pursuing this professional goal. Whether that’s internships during college, time on a news outlet, freelance work done while working as a fry cook, it’s the intentionality and quality that counts not the pedigree. Show us that you care about the profession of journalism, tell us why it’s your calling, and help us understand how you plan to advance in the field.

How does the process of finding a journalism job work through the program?

Once accepted as a finalist, you are placed in our jobs portal and can apply to jobs posted there. The interview process for these roles is through the participating organizations. If you come to agreement with them, they hire you as their employee for the year.

What if I already have a journalism job that I like?

If you work for an organization that is participating in the fellowship program, you can apply for the fellowship and, if accepted and with your employer’s permission, you can continue in your role and take part in the fellowship. The employer would still receive the stipend award from the program for your participation.

If you work for an organization that is not yet participating, we hope you will still apply to the program. We are always eager to talk with organizations looking to provide new opportunities to their early-career (generally, the first five years in the field) employees. Many of our participating organization relationships have developed in this way. The employer also would still receive the stipend award from the program for your participation.

How long am I hired?

Your hiring dates are between you and the employer. However, the stipend award to the participating organization is for full-time employment from June to June of the next year.

How much do I get paid? What is the stipend award?

Your salary is negotiated by you with the employer/participating organization and is generally commensurate to experience. The fellowship program provides a salary stipend to the employer of 60 percent of salary up to a maximum award of $50,000 per fellow.

Is it possible to audit the program if I’m a finalist and I don’t find job placement?

Unfortunately, no. The full-time employment in a professional newsroom is a key component in the program and the learning process.

How do I find the time to attend?

The program only makes two requests of your employer for participation in the program. First, that you be allowed the time to attend the three multi-day (three day), in-person summits. Second, that you also be scheduled to allow for the online classes on Tuesday afternoons. We get it. News breaks. But we hope you catch up by watching the recordings later if you miss out on a given day.

What are the key program dates?

Application Opens – November 2020
Application Deadline – March 8, 2021
Fellowship Class Announced – June 1, 2021
Program Begins – June 16, 2021

How do the summits work? Who pays for the travel?

The opening summit is at the Charles Koch Institute in Arlington, Va. (Washington, D.C., metropolitan area). The midyear summit is at the Poynter Media Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. The closing summit is back in the Washington area. Your travel is paid for by the program.

Who are the faculty and mentors in the program?

You can find a sample list of our faculty and mentors here. Keep in mind we are constantly updating and evolving our curriculum and faculty to best serve the interests of our current fellowship class. Is there someone you’d love to learn from? Let us know!

Do I get to choose my courses?

The fellowship includes training sessions that run from investigative journalism to podcasting to writing intensives to on-the-edge technology upskilling. We also offer media training, résumé workshops, and leadership seminars. We also encourage ideas from fellows!

Who are the sponsor partners?

The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is a partnership between The Poynter Institute and the Charles Koch Institute.

Poynter is a leading source of news, thought leadership, and teaching about journalism. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and to teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, and more. Poynter.org produces 24-­hour coverage of news about the news media. News University offers one of the world’s best catalogs of online journalism modules.

Who are the sponsor partners?

The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is a partnership between The Poynter Institute and the Charles Koch Institute.

Poynter is a leading source of news, thought leadership, and teaching about journalism. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and to teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, and more. Poynter.org produces 24-­hour coverage of news about the news media. News University offers one of the world’s best catalogs of online journalism modules.

For more than five decades, Charles Koch’s philanthropy has inspired bold new ideas to improve American lives. Inspired by a recognition that free people are capable of extraordinary things, the Charles Koch Institute supports education and dialogue to advance these principles and challenge convention. We work to remove barriers to opportunity for all Americans, helping individuals transform their lives.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship?

admissions@charleskochinstitute.org
timothy.mccaughan@charleskochinstitute.org

General Questions (All Programs)


Who should apply?

Our programs are designed for aspiring social entrepreneurs: leaders who want a meaningful career helping others improve their lives to reach their full potential. Social entrepreneurs are curious and intellectually honest, always seeking new opportunities to learn and grow. They are energized by helping discover and apply the best solutions to real-world problems and collaborating with others.

Who are the participating organizations?

A list of some of our participating organizations are on each of the educational programs pages.

What will I experience in programming?

We give you the tools and resources to customize your experience and direct your own learning, developing the professional and social skills you need to succeed. During the program you will:

Engage with advisers to discover and develop your unique aptitudes and advance your long-term goals.

Learn and apply the principles of Market-Based Management®, a powerful management philosophy that empowers individuals and organizations to solve problems, capture opportunities, and transform society.

What will I experience in programming?

We give you the tools and resources to customize your experience and direct your own learning, developing the professional and social skills you need to succeed. During the program you will:

Engage with advisers to discover and develop your unique aptitudes and advance your long-term goals.

Learn and apply the principles of Market-Based Management®, a powerful management philosophy that empowers individuals and organizations to solve problems, capture opportunities, and transform society.

Grow your professional network, meeting peers and mentors that can support you throughout your career.

What is Market-Based Management™ ?

Market-Based Management (MBM™) enables organizations to succeed in the long term by applying the principles that allow free societies to prosper. Just as upholding values such as free speech, property rights, and progress is important to a healthy, growing society, it is also pivotal in fostering a healthy, growing organization.

By applying the components of a free-market society to Koch Industries through this management philosophy, Charles Koch was able to build a successful, multinational company. Over the last 40 years, Koch Industries has grown to have a presence in about 60 countries and currently employs about 100,000 people worldwide. MBM’s™ proven success in the business world can provide great value to non-profit organizations because, at its essence, it focuses on creating real, sustainable value for society.

To learn more about MBM™ and our educational programs, read this blog post.

Do I have to move to the Washington, DC, area to participate?

You do not need to move to Washington, DC. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Charles Koch Institute programming is currently online. Our team is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates if that status changes.

What if I need a visa?

The Charles Koch Institute does not sponsor visas for our educational programs. Our participating organizations may choose to sponsor a candidate’s visa on a case-by-case basis. This can be a lengthy process and not all our organizations will provide sponsorship. Finalists must work directly with their participating organization to begin the visa process. The ability to secure a visa sponsorship prior to the program’s placement deadline is a requirement for participation. Please take the visa timeline into consideration before applying. Additionally, candidates not authorized to work in the US are not eligible to participate in the KIP program.

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