The Koch Associate Program is a very selective, one year, paid career opportunity for bright, talented young people interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.  Graduating students often don’t realize the great job opportunities that market-oriented non-profit organizations provide for those interested in advancing the ideas of a free society.  The Associate Program is a great way to jumpstart that career, because we help Associates develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a successful future with free-market think tanks, policy institutes, or other non-profit organizations.

While in the program, Associates are placed into a full-time role with a reputable organization where they work four days each week.  The positions available to Associates cover various fields such as policy analysis, donor relations, program management, legal reform, public relations, and marketing.  A full list of the organizations where Associates work along with some examples of project placements can be found on our website. Then, one day each week, Associates come together in a classroom setting at the Foundation to engage in reading discussions and group projects, network with their peers, listen to guest speakers, and learn how to apply Market-Based Management(R) in a non-profit setting through interactive exercises and workshops.

Associates range in experience from recent graduates to those with up to ten years of work experience, and they come from diverse fields and academic majors.  Project assignments are determined on a rolling basis starting November 15th, so the earlier candidates apply, the sooner they can select their non-profit placement.  To learn more about the program and the Foundation, please visit


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