Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
Frequently Asked Questions
Coro is a model of training and education that was founded in San Francisco in 1942 to prepare citizen leaders. “Coro” is a word, not an acronym, chosen by the organization’s founders to represent both discovery and exploration. FOCUS currently hosts two Coro programs – Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and Coro Women In Leadership – as part of its continuum of civic leadership programs.
To apply, you will need to submit a current resume, three essays, two letters of recommendation and a copy of any undergraduate and graduate school transcripts.
Invited candidates will also be asked to participate in Selection Day in March.
Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 class of Coro Fellows, and will re-open for the 2019-20 class in the fall of 2018.
In today’s world, social and community issues are more interconnected than ever before, and the challenges we face are increasingly complex. These complex challenges require all leaders to flex across a variety of sectors and leadership styles, and create unique solutions in partnership with others.
In the Coro Fellows program, you will learn from a diversity of opinions, styles and world views, learn how to approach and break down complex problems effectively, and gain on-the-job experience across a variety of placements, equipping you with the tools to effect organizational and social change on a broader scale.
Upon graduation, you’ll join a vast network of alumni, within the St. Louis region, across the country and around the globe.
As a Coro Fellow, the St. Louis region becomes your classroom, giving you access to:
- One of the fastest growing startup scenes in the U.S.
- 9 Fortune 500 and 19 Fortune 1000 companies
- Established and expanding industries, including financial and information services, health care, life and plant sciences, and aviation
- One of the nation’s top innovation hubs
- A thriving nonprofit and philanthropic community
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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.
Because of the time commitment involved, you should not expect to maintain employment during the course of the program.
No, placements are secured and assigned by the program director. The only exception are Individual Projects, which you’ll secure and design with the approval of the program director.
During the program, you’ll rotate through a series of placements in five sectors – nonprofit, business, government, campaign/electoral politics and labor. Fellows are matched with each placement based on their skills, past experience, interests and learning objectives, as well as the needs of the placement.
Upon graduation, you’ll become part of an extensive network of Coro and FOCUS program alumni across the St. Louis region (and around the country). Alumni events are held throughout the year, including networking dinners and happy hours, educational programs and volunteer opportunities. You can also stay engaged by becoming a member of FOCUS St. Louis.
Still have more questions? Check out the national Coro FAQs here.
“You come out of the program as family. My class of Fellows know me better than anyone in the world. They care about me – not just as a professional, but as a person.”
Program Manager, BioSTL
Coro Fellows 2009-10, Emerging Leaders Spring 2012