Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Deadline: January 6, 2006 -- Apply Online at www.coro.org/coro_centers/nyc/nyc.html#fellows

Coro’s Fellows Program in Public Affairs, class of 2006-07, seeks accomplished individuals who have demonstrated a distinct aptitude for leadership and a strong commitment to public affairs. Coro’s prestigious 9-month, full-time Fellows program welcomes motivated applicants from all disciplines, careers and perspectives. The application deadline is January 6, 2006. More on this below and at www.coro.org/coro_centers/nyc/nyc.html#fellows.

Fellowship Locations

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh

Mission Statement

Coro’s mission is to strengthen communities and the democratic process by preparing individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena.

Job Description

Coro Fellows develop an understanding of leadership and decision-making by working on challenging issues with the powerful individuals and institutions that influence our communities. Through the Fellow Program in Public Affairs, Coro not only invites out next generation of leaders to see more-- but ultimately, to do more - in our schools, our communities, our workplaces, and in our democracy. For nine months, Coro Fellows spend up to fifty hours a week in a unique series of internships: government, business, non-profit, labor, media, and a political campaign. During these internships, different topics are examined; public safety and justice, entertainment and media, health and the environment, education and information technology, economic development and public finance. During the program, Fellows have an opportunity to interview community leaders, work on individual public service projects, and attend weekly seminars to receive practical training in communication, negotiation, mediation, facilitation and critical thinking skills. Fellows also spend a week in Albany to learn firsthand about the workings of the state government. The goal of the Program is to provide Fellows with a well-rounded perspective on how the different sectors of society work together and influence each other.

Training

The Fellows program provides nine months of intensive graduate-level training in shaping public policy through consulting projects and close interaction with practitioners and leaders in the public affairs community. Fellows explore public affairs topics in-depth during seminars, interviews, and special focus weeks.

Qualifications/Skills Required

Coro seeks bright, self-motivated individuals committed to ethical, effective leadership and strengthening democracy through citizen involvement. Evidence of leadership experience or leadership potential and concern for the well being of communities are criteria for selection. A Bachelor’s degree is desirable and post-graduate academic study or professional work experience may be helpful. Fellows come from all academic disciplines, careers, and ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and may be right out of school or mid-career professionals.

Cost

Tuition is $3500. Deference, stipends and scholarships based upon demonstrated need are available to help cover living expenses. Undergraduate or graduate school loan payment deferments while in the Fellows Program are granted by lending institutions on an individual basis. Coro Fellows may also receive graduate credit at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Milano School of the New School for Social Research, and the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, among others.

Each Coro Center administers its own tuition and financial assistance policies. Further information is available at www.coro.org or contact individual centers to discuss your personal situation.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a formal organization application, academic transcripts, two writing samples, and three letters of recommendation.  Finalist will participate in a Selection Day in one of the five cities in March.  Applications can be downloaded from Coro’s Web site at www.coro.org and should be sent to the Center closest to you.

For More Information

Monica Chun
Director of Outreach and Communication
Coro New York Leadership Center
42 Broadway, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 248-2935 x305
Fax: (212) 248-2970
Email: mchun@coro.org