Frequently Asked Questions

The Koch Summer Fellow Program is now being hosted by the Charles Koch Institute. To find out more and apply, visit: http://www.charleskochinstitute.org/koch-summer-fellow-program/

 


Many of the most frequently asked questions are listed below. Please review all the answers before contacting us. If the information below doesn't answer your question, please contact us.

  1. What is the objective of the program?
  2. What does the Koch Summer Fellow Program provide?
  3. Who can apply?
  4. Can non-US citizens apply?
  5. Is there an age requirement?
  6. How competitive is the program?
  7. How are participants chosen?
  8. What is the application process timeline?
  9. If my school's semester/quarter ends after June 1 or starts before August 9, can I still participate in the Koch Summer Fellow Program?
  10. What are the application essay topics?
  11. What transcripts are required? 
  12. I am a freshman in an undergraduate program, and I don’t have a college transcript.  Can I still apply?
  13. Where would I intern?
  14. What are some tips for requesting placements?
  15. Who is Charles G. Koch?

What is the objective of the program?

The Koch Summer Fellow Program encourages an understanding of market-based solutions and their application to social and economic problems, especially through public policy. It offers Fellows hands-on experience at public policy organizations and an integrated educational experience. The program is designed to:

  • Enhance participants’ understanding of the market process
  • Develop participants' analytic, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Expose participants to public policy opportunities

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What does the Koch Summer Fellow Program provide?

The 10-week program provides:

  • An internship with a market-based organization, either in public interest law, federal policy, or state policy
  • $1,500 stipend
  • Housing assistance
  • Seminars on public policy analysis
  • Career development workshops
  • Writing assistance from a professional editor
  • A limited number of travel scholarships

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Who can apply?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates are eligible to apply. Successful Fellows hail from both large and small universities and they major in a variety of disciplines. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public policy issues and in learning how a market-based approach might help solve social and economic problems.

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Can non-US citizens apply?

The program is open to students and recent graduates of all nationalities. Applicants are not required to be US citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the United States.

We help non-US citizens, who are admitted into the program, obtain a work visa for the program's duration.

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Is there an age requirement?

 

Current students and recent graduates whose qualifications and interests match the goals of the program are encouraged to apply.

 

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How competitive is the program?

The program accommodates approximately 80 participants. Historically, we accept about one in 15 applicants. The application review process considers demonstrated ability, leadership, intellectual curiosity, understanding of classical liberalism, and interest in learning about policy and the market process. If you have these interests, do not hesitate to apply.

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How are participants chosen?

A review committee thoroughly reviews each application. Applicants receive scores based on the following criteria:

  • academic record
  • writing ability
  • demonstrated public policy experience/interest
  • understanding of classical liberalism
  • identification with our organization's mission

After the initial scoring, the program director picks finalists based on application scores. The director reviews the applications of the finalists a second time and conducts phone interviews with some applicants, usually those who have not participated in other IHS programs.

After completing the second review and phone interviews, the program director scores applicants for a second time. The director then places applicants at organizations based on the applicant's preferences and the director's judgment. The organizations decide which applicants they will host and, ultimately, who is accepted into the program.

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What is the application process timeline?

Applications may be submitted from September through the application deadline on January 31, 2013. Applications will be reviewed by a committee at the Institute for Humane Studies on a rolling admissions basis beginning in December.

At the end of February, finalists will be selected. If you are a finalist it does not mean you were accepted into the program. The program director may conduct a phone interview with you during February or March. Not all finalists will be selected for a phone interview.

Throughout March, the program director will work with the host organizations to place finalists until all slots for the program are filled.

Finalists will be contacted about their status in the program between mid-March and mid-April.

Note: All dates are approximate and may be subject to change without notice.

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If my school's semester/quarter ends after June 1 or starts before August 9, can I still participate in the Koch Summer Fellow Program?

Fellows are expected to participate for the entire program. However, case-by-case exceptions are sometimes granted to accommodate conflicting school schedules.

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What are the application essay topics?

1. Write a statement of no more than 250 words on your career goals, immediate and long term, and how the Koch Summer Fellow Program would help you reach them.

2. Write a statement of no more than 200 words on what you believe is the most critical threat to liberty as well as ideas on how to eliminate or reduce this threat.

3. Write a 500-word essay on a major issue of public policy. Your essay should address the significance of your chosen issue, the problems with the current policies, and your public policy approach to dealing with it.

We are looking for essays, not academic papers. Please do not submit academic work with citations.

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What transcripts are required?

We accept unofficial copies, photocopies, and electronic versions of transcripts. It is not necessary to obtain an official copy unless you don't have an unofficial version.

If you are a graduate or law student or have attended more than one undergraduate college, you may have more than one transcript. Upload your current college transcript under Upload Current Transcript. For previous colleges you attended, consolidate your transcripts into one file, and upload under Upload Past Transcript.

DO NOT upload your high school transcripts. We will not consider your high school grades in your application.

If you have a non-English transcript, please submit a translated version. Scan both the translated and non-translated transcripts into one file, and upload the file as stated above.

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I am a freshman in an undergraduate program, and I don’t have a college transcript.  Can I still apply?

Yes.  When filling out your online application, upload a Word document containing an explanation of your situation in place of a transcript.

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Where would I intern?

IHS will assign you to an internship at one of many participating host organizations. In your application, you can list your preferred policy issues and host organizations. Using our knowledge about the different organizations, including their projects and needs, and your preferences, we arrange the best possible summer experience for you. Please review the internship placements for more information about the host organizations.

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What are some tips for requesting placements?

The Koch Summer Fellow Program offers placements throughout the United States, all with the same compensation. To choose between them, think about the following:

  • Would you like to work at an organization that focuses on one issue or many issues?
  • Would you like to work on state policy or federal policy?
  • Would you like to work in Washington, DC, or in one of the states where our host organizations are based?

Review the state, single-issue, and federal policy internships to learn more.

Also, in 2011, the organizations listed below were the five most commonly requested placements among finalists. For these organizations, as many as 33 finalists applied for every one available internship.  We strongly recommend that you do not select more than two of these five organizations.

  • Cato Institute
  • Reason Foundation/Magazine
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Mercatus Center
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute 

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Who is Charles G. Koch?

Charles G. Koch is the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Humane Studies  and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program was conceived of and launched at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in 1992. IHS currently runs the program with the generous support of the foundation. Charles G. Koch's last name is pronounced like "Coke." 

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