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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



about the coro fellowship

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 nonprofit, business and government sectors.


Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month, full-time immersion program, which exposes participants to various sectors and industries and provides unparalleled access to business and community leaders.


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.


Start your Coro Fellows journey by completing the Interest Form.




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



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.


Learn more about the Coro Fellows program at one of our upcoming career/recruitment fairs. Check this list to see if we're coming to your campus. 




As a Coro Fellow, the St. Louis region becomes your classroom, giving you access to:

In addition, St. Louis has been named one of the country's "Most Affordable Cities" and one of the "Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads." Check out a few more reasons:






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 for the 2018-19 class are now open.


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.



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. 




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, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs Director, at (314) 657-4023 or



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



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