Koch Associate Program
About the Program
The Koch Associate Program invests in the rising generation of leaders our society needs — social entrepreneurs who will create solutions, who seek to break the barriers that stand in the way of all people realizing their potential.
To support these leaders, we offer transformative learning and development experiences, job placement, and networking opportunities tailored to their needs.
KAP blends professional development with real work experience. Successful candidates for KAP are early to mid-career professionals eager for growth and to confront society’s biggest challenges.
While in the program, associates work at one of our many partner organizations and spend one day at Charles Koch Institute for professional development. The training provided by CKI focuses on these pillars:
- Learning how to be a self-directed learner and contribute to your workplace
- Discovering and developing your unique aptitudes and strengths
- Applying Market-Based Management™ for success
Each associate is mentored by a seasoned professional and works on a capstone project on what matters most to them.
Throughout the program CKI hosts summits designed to help each entrepreneur take a meaningful step forward on their project and connect with resources from across our philanthropic community.
We offer unique concentrations for social entrepreneurs who enter KAP with established interests in specific fields, with the possibility of extending their role for up to 12 months after the program. These tracks include tech policy, foreign policy, health care, and nonprofit fundraising. To indicate your interest in a concentration, apply for KAP and note your focus.
Three keys to “learning by doing”The Koch Internship Program, Koch Associate Program, and Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship receive hundreds of applications each year. And when we ask applicants what is driving their interest in our educational programs, we hear that it is the chance to “learn by doing.” May 19, 2021
My experience: Garrett BallengeeTaking a risk results in opportunities for West Virginia learners. We hear from KIP and KAP alumnus Garrett Ballengee. April 21, 2021
Important Program Dates
Cardinal Institute of West Virginia Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Pacific Legal Foundation
The Buckeye Institute
The Center for Growth and Opportunity
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