Leadership Programs

Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

Since 1947, the Coro Fellows program has equipped emerging leaders with the resources they need to understand how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped and how to influence meaningful change.

As FOCUS’ only full-time leadership program, the fellowship is founded on Coro’s unique curriculum of essential leadership skills training paired with real-world experiences – turning the community into your classroom.

    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.

    Like all FOCUS leadership programs, Coro Fellows welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, industries and sectors.

    What to Expect

    Competitively selected applicants join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month immersion program, offering exposure to various sectors and industries and providing unparalleled access to business and community leaders.

    No two days are the same for Coro Fellows. As a Fellow, you’ll find yourself immersed in:

    • Rotating field placements across sectors, including Business, Government, Nonprofit, Labor and Electoral Politics, as well as group and individual projects
    • Closed-door group interviews with key civic leaders and decision-makers
    • Weekly seminars to support learning and critical leadership competencies
    • Focus weeks and site visits for a deeper dive into civic issues

    Coro Fellows emerge from the program with significant cross-sector experience, self-awareness and increased clarity in launching the next phase of their careers – and join a vast network of Coro and FOCUS alumni.

    Ready to Take the Next Step?

    Complete our Interest Form to learn more.

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    How to Apply

    Applications for the 2018-19 class are now closed. If you’re interested in applying for a future class of Coro Fellows, complete our Interest Form. Or, nominate a candidate here.


    Tuition for the Coro Fellows program in St. Louis is $4,000. This includes a nonrefundable deposit of $350 due upon acceptance into the program.

    Need-based stipend and scholarships are available upon acceptance into the program. In the past, 100% of those who qualify have received financial support of some kind.


    For More Information

    Michelle Miller
    Coro Fellows Director
    Tel: (314) 657-4023
    Email Michelle

    Stefania Hoffman
    Leadership Program Manager
    Tel: (314) 657-4024
    Email Stefania

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