The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented, and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond. Coro Fellows participate in field placements, group interviews, seminars, focus weeks, and individual and group projects. The program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis; sixty-four fellows are chosen each year.
Certain personal qualities are most important for applicants to determine their suitability for the Coro Fellows Program. Coro is looking for people who have demonstrated some leadership, either academically or within a community, and who have a strong interest in public affairs. In the selection process, Coro will look for the ability to work within a diverse group, commitment to service, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, idealism, a willingness to take risks, and the ability to handle opposition.
Depending on the Coro location, tuition of between $3,500 and $5,000 is required for participation in the Fellows Program, although centers may offer tuition waivers, and need-based stipends are available at all Coro locations. Fellows with student loans may be eligible for payment deferment while participating in the program.