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Coro™ Fellows Program in Public Affairs
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"The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is an opportunity to explore the logic of the public arena from the lens of five different sectors. In a world full of narrow interests, partisanship, and labels, the Coro experience is not only unique, it is transformative, challenging preconceived notions about public life and presenting the rare opportunity to understand the world more truly for what it is."

- Douglas Wagoner, FOCUS St. Louis Coro™ Fellow in Public Affairs, 2013-2014



What is Coro Fellows?

The Coro™ Fellows Program uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the non-profit, business and government sectors.


A full-time, nine-month immersion into multiple sectors – private, public, non-profit, labor and campaign – the Coro Fellows program exposes participants to various industries and job settings, gives them one-on-one access to business and community leaders addressing a range of civic issues, and provides unparalleled relationship-building opportunities in some of the nation’s most dynamic cities.


Coro Fellows emerge with vast cross-sector experience, self-awareness and increased clarity in launching the next phase of their careers. For more information on Coro, visit




key program components

No two days are the same for Coro Fellows. The rigorous, nine-month program has four major components:

  • Field Placements: Fellows complete projects in each sector (business, organized labor, government, nonprofit/philanthropic, and electoral politics). Fellows also complete a group and an individual project.
  • Weekly Seminars: Seminars are held each week for Fellows to reflect on the work and learning at each of their field placements and to provide the Fellows with training to support their effectiveness when working individually and as a group.
  • Group Interviews: Fellows participate in group interviews with senior officials and leadership seminars to learn how to critically examine and collaborate to address complex issues.
  • Issue Weeks: Fellows explore a variety of civic issues and their role in our democratic system through site visits, assignments, interviews with individuals of different - and often conflicting - viewpoints.  




Who should apply?

Coro Fellows are diverse, talented individuals committed to bringing about change in their professional environments and communities. Applicants include individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those with several years of work experience.


Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of just 16 diverse participants for the nine-month St. Louis-based program, with each cohort representing a wide range of communities, interests and experiences.



application & tuition

The Coro Fellows Program is an investment in accelerated personal and professional growth. Tuition for the Coro™ Fellows program in St. Louis is $4,000. Tuition includes a nonrefundable deposit of $350 due upon acceptance into the program.


Need-based stipend and scholarships are available upon acceptance into the program. Fellows with documented financial need may request a tuition payment plan during the program. In the past, 100% of those who qualify have received financial support of some kind.


Application to Coro Fellows requires submission of a current resume, three essays, two letters of recommendation and a copy of any undergraduate and graduate school transcripts. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 class!



urban profile

St. Louis affords a unique perspective on some of the key issues that confront our world today, including education, urban development, healthcare, biosciences and entrepreneurship. With a cost of living calculated as the lowest among the nation's 20 largest metropolitan areas, several prominent universities, and some of the largest companies in the world - including nine Fortune 500 companies - St. Louis is an ideal host to the Coro™ Fellowship.


Nominate someone for the Coro™ fellows program

We are always accepting nominations for future classes. Nominate online, if you know a bright, self-initiating, and self-managing individual who has demonstrated leadership ability, integrity, and a commitment to public service. 

For more information

Carla Hayes, Leadership and Alumni Programs Manager 
Email | Tel: (314) 622-1250 ext. 107


Organizations Seeking to Host a Fellow

FOCUS St. Louis seeks to provide meaningful projects that produce value for your organization and learning for Fellows. We are currently accepting proposals for projects in business, government, organized labor, electoral politics, and nonprofit sectors. Fellows also conduct group projects, which engage 3-6 Fellows to complete a short-term, high-impact project and can be in any sector - public, private, or civic.


To find out more about hosting a Coro Fellow, please complete the Interest Form or contact Michelle Miller, Cor Fellows Program in Public Affairs Director, at (314) 657-4023 or


We are currently recruiting for 2016-17 Government and Business placements! Click here to request a Fellows placement. 


Additional Resources

Meet the 2016-2017 Coro™Fellows
Support the Coro™ Programs Scholarship Fund

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