spacer“Coro Fellowship profoundly altered the way I think about how to lead an organization and how to do good in the world. It has given me the tools to not only manage a large and complicated organization, but to keep it cutting edge nationally.”

Greg Berman, 93′ | Executive Director, Center for Court Innovation


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The Coro Fellowship has for 30 years equipped those leading our city with the resources they need to understand how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped, and how to influence meaningful change. Using the city as a classroom, Coro Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision-makers and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance and leadership skills. Coro Fellows join an unparalleled community of engaged alumni and leave the program with an understanding of how New York City works and with the knowledge and skills to make it better.

Coro Fellowship explores the public affairs arena by examining the complicated interplay between individuals, groups, and institutions. The program demands stamina, rigorous thinking and analysis, and a deeply self-reflective approach to learning. Through their group work, placements and other activities, Fellows seek to better understand the systems that influence how New York City functions, as well as how an individual’s personal values, biases, and approach to working with others can shape their impact and the outcomes they achieve.

The Coro Fellows Program in New York has four major components: field placements, seminars, leadership breakfasts, and focus weeks.

Placements allow Fellows to gain direct exposure to varied sectors and institutions in New York City and offer participants the opportunity to build robust professional networks. Each Fellow completes a government, campaign, labor, business and nonprofit placement and is responsible for delivering a high quality project to each organization at which he/she works.

Weekly Seminars build self-awareness, inquiry and critical thinking skills, introducing Fellows to tools and frameworks that increase their ability to successfully contribute to an effective and collaborative group and lead change. Additionally, seminars allow Fellows to explore the city through experiential activities that help them better understand New York neighborhoods, organizations and key policy issues facing the city.

Leadership Interviews offer Fellows access to an influential cross-section of city leaders, helping them gain insight and diverse perspectives on the challenges of leadership. These closed-door sessions provide Fellows with the rare opportunity to explore the motivation, method and logic of the individuals shaping our city’s future.

Focus Weeks immerse Fellows in the exploration of a single topic for a full week. Topics include New York state government, media, public finance and communications.


The Coro Fellowship is offered in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco.  To learn more about our other cities, please visit
The Network – As a Coro Fellow, you gain access to high-level professionals in all sectors and join an engaged alumni network of over 2,500 accomplished city leaders who are dedicated to supporting one another and to improving New York City.

The Knowledge – Fellows immerse themselves in an intensive exploration of current cross-sector issues, gaining first-hand insights through discussions with leaders at the forefront of social change and diving into hands-on placements that collectively become a catalyst for unparalleled career and personal growth.

The Skills – Coro Fellows learn from a diversity of opinions, styles and world views, develop the capacity to approach and break down complex problems, and gain on-the-job experience across a variety of placements, equipping them with the tools to drive social change in effective and collaborative ways.


Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 per month during the 9 months of the Fellowship. 


By hosting a Fellow, you provide a critical opportunity for an emerging young leader to gain insight into your organization’s work and sector, as well as hands-on learning from a project that will add value to your organization.

“We have had a great experience hosting Coro Fellows. They walk in with great passion and we give them a first-hand look at how we help our clients navigate complex rules and build relationships to expand their business or nonprofit. Then we hire them! Their contributions to the firm have made this not only our best corporate partnership but one of our best recruitment strategies as well.”

— Travis Terry, Chief Operating Officer, Capalino + Company

If you’d like to host a Fellow and you already have a project in mind, please complete the Placement Host Application Form. If you’re interested in hosting but want to learn more, complete the Placement Host Interest Form and a Coro staff member will be in touch to discuss this opportunity with you soon. Have questions? Read our FAQ.


The Fellows Program in New York is generously supported by Accenture, BerlinRosen, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs, The Senator Roy M. Goodman Fund, Capalino+Company, HR&A Advisors, The Hudson Companies, New York Life, Related Companies, and Scopia Capital Management.

The Fellows Program is also supported by the generosity of our alumni donors. Special thanks to our Changemaker’s Circle: Kathy Choi, Patrick Mispagel, Ken Young, and Michael Zezas. 


Click here to apply for the Fellows Program in Public Affairs. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2019.

Interest Form

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Learn more about the current Fellows cohort.


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Elaine Roghanian
Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs
42 Broadway, Suite 2001
New York, NY 10004