The Fellows Program in Public Affairs

For over 30 years, the Coro Fellows Program has developed the next generation of aspiring change-makers through a full-time, eight to nine month program that uses New York City as its classroom. It develops participants’ self-awareness and analytical skills, exposes them to various industries and sectors, grants them access to businesses and community leaders, and provides them unparalleled relationship-building opportunities to launch their professional careers.  Coro Fellows leave the program with an understanding of how New York City works and with the knowledge, skills, and networks to make it better.

The Coro Fellows Program in New York has four major components. 

Weekly seminars build self-awareness, inquiry and critical thinking skills, introducing Fellows to the tools and frameworks needed to successfully contribute to an effective and collaborative group. 

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 5 placements and is responsible for delivering high-quality projects to each organization at which they work. 

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

A few weeks of every program year are dedicated to this unique exploratory opportunity, during which Fellows investigate a specific issue or industry area. Past Focus Weeks have centered on Media, State Government, Public Finance, and Political Campaigns.


Coro is closely monitoring the evolving guidance regarding meeting in groups and will adapt as required: some program sessions may be held virtually. We remain committed to providing an extraordinary program experience.

I came to Coro because I wanted a way to operationalize my undergraduate training with real world, hands-on experience. The multi-sector perspective that I gained during my time at Coro, and the deep network, have played a pivotal role in my work since the fellowship to address real urban challenges.
Shabazz Stuart (Fellow 2012)

Founder and CEO, Oonee

What will you get?

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 placements that collectively become  a catalyst for unparalleled career and personal growth.

Fellows learn from a diversity of opinions, styles, and world views; develop the skills to break down complex problems; and gain on-the-job experience across a variety of placements, equipping them with the tools to drive social change.

The Coro alumni community includes over 2,500 accomplished city leaders who are dedicated to improving New York City and are invested in the Fellows’ growth and leadership development. By joining and leveraging this network, many previous Fellows have built relationships that led directly to unparalleled employment opportunities.

Who should apply?
  • Diverse, talented individuals committed to generating positive change in their communities and who see themselves as future leaders of New York City.
  • Individuals who have recently completed undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as those with several years of work experience.
  • Competitive applicants are those who can engage in a program that demands stamina, rigorous thinking and analysis, and a deep, self-reflective approach to learning.

Coro New York provides qualifying Fellows who request financial support with a monthly stipend to defray living expenses during their time in the program. Stipends are based on financial need.

Host a Fellow

By hosting a Fellow, you provide a critical opportunity for an emerging young leader to gain insight into your organization’s work and sector, and contribute meaningfully to your organization through a high-impact, short-term project.

We remain responsive to COVID-19 and can explore virtual placement options as needed. Fellows may also be a valuable resource as you consider COVID-19 related projects within 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.

Everyday we are living in a city where our problems are real in size and number. Every single year the city has twelve people come together to think about how to make New York City better.
Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava, Esq. (Fellows 2004)

New York State Deputy Secretary for Labor and Workforce


The Fellows Program is also supported by the generosity of our alumni donors. Special thanks to our Changemaker’s Circle: Greg Berman, Andrew Cantor, Kathy Choi, Sarah Lewis, Patrick Mispagel, David Moskovitz, Morgan Pearlman, Jeff Plaut, Sarah Williams and Andrew Kimball, Ken Young, and Michael Zezas. 


Click here to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort!

Interest Form

Click here to complete an Interest Form and learn more about the Fellowship.


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Questions about the program can be directed to Eddie Shiomi at