The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership-training program that prepares individuals to lead in the public affairs arena. While it is unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program offers an opportunity for personal and professional growth. It is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. The deadline for applications is Jan. 18, 2013.

Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond. Coro Fellows learn to see the big picture — the community as a whole — and appreciate the varying perspectives that characterize cities, states and the U.S. Through field placements, group interviews, seminars, focus weeks, individual and group projects, they develop:

• hands-on project experience
• an understanding of complex public issues
• leadership skills in inquiry, problem-solving, communication, organization analysis, and consensus-building.
• political acumen to get things done
• professional growth and personal transformation.
• extensive personal and professional networks

Sixty-four Fellows are chosen nationally each year through a selection process, including a daylong assessment at each center’s city. The Fellows represent a broad range of academic, work, cultural, racial and economic backgrounds, ages and interests. What they share is a commitment to civic engagement. Recent participants have ranged from 21 to 53 years of age.

The program provides participants with experience in the for-profit, non-profit and governments sectors. Fellows Program alumni have served in every presidential administration since John F. Kennedy, and as members of Congress. They work in corporate settings, state and local governments, organized labor, media and academia; they have founded and work for grassroots and national nonprofit groups; and they have joined and led international non-governmental organizations.

Steven Redfield, managing director of Coro, told Govpro that now is the time to enroll in the Fellows Program. “This year, 2013, is a great time for those interested in furthering their professional development and in developing skills needed to make an impact. As the professional environment has become uncertain given our economic realities, professionals who can learn quickly, adapt, and possess a diverse skill set are in demand and very necessary.” 

The deadline for applications for the 2013-14 class of Fellows is Jan. 18, 2013. Those who are interested in applying should read about the Fellows Program and then review the application process site. For additional information about the Fellows Program, go to the Contact Us page.

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