The Fellows Program in Public Affairs

For 30 years, the Coro Fellows Program has developed the next generation of aspiring change-makers through a full-time, nine-month immersion 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. 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS 
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. 

ROTATIONAL WORK PLACEMENTS
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. 

LEADERSHIP INTERVIEWS
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. 

FOCUS WEEKS
Fellows immerse in the exploration of a single policy issue for a full week. Topics include New York state government, media, and public finance.

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

What will you get?

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

THE SKILLS
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 NETWORK
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.
Stipend

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

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, 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.

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

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

SUPPORTERS

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. 

Application

The Fellows Application will go live in September 2019 and be due in January 2020.

Interest Form

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

Brochure

View the brochure or download to pass on to a friend.

Questions

Questions about the program can be directed to Elaine Roghanian, Fellows Program Director, at elaine@coro.nyc or 212 248 2935