Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Training for the next generation of emerging leaders

The Fellows Program in Public Affairs (FPPA) provides 10 to 12 recent college graduates and young professionals with the leadership skills, a cross-sectoral professional network, and an understanding of the challenges facing the region (and opportunities to collaborate to address those challenges) to accelerate their professional careers toward action and impact. Become a next generation cross-sectoral leader today!

Fellows expand their capacity from peer learning,  professional placement rotations, experienced leadership, DEIB, and mindfulness facilitators, and the broader Coro and regional community through Coro’s unique blend of experiential and immersive programming.

Fellows rotate through four or five sector placements in nonprofit, government, labor, private/ business, and electoral politics (if the program overlaps with an election cycle), gaining exposure to a wide range of industries while also offering the hosting organization skillful support on new or ongoing projects. Placements support Coro Fellows’ learning in public affairs and their effectiveness as future leaders.

Placement Hosts are supervisors or “field faculty” who can provide hands-on learning experiences through shadowing key executives, interviewing staff and stakeholders, and projects that help Fellows understand how the organization and the sector work. Fellows provide value to the host organization through projects they complete, as well as their fresh insights, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm to learn and engage.

Placement Details

  • Each sector placement lasts approximately 4 weeks.

  • Fellows are available full-time, Monday – Thursday, with the exception of mandatory Coro seminars on Fridays and on Tuesday evenings

Placement Schedule

  • Non-Profit: September 18 – October 13, 2023 

  • Private: October 23 – November 17, 2023 

  • Public: January 8 – February 2, 2024 

  • Labor: February 12 – March 8, 2024

Learn More

Contact Hira Shah, Programs Manager, at hira@corola.org with questions or to schedule an informal conversation

In the final months of their Fellowship, Coro Fellows consult on or complete projects for interested organizations of any sector or industry. Fellows work closely with organization supervisors to determine ideal outcomes.

2024 Spring Project Periods

  • March 25, 2024 – April 19, 2024 (4 weeks)

  • April 22, 2024 – May 17, 2024 (4 weeks)

Project Fee: $7,000 per Fellow for each period

Project fees are tax-deductible, processed as a donation to Coro in support of the Fellows Program in Public Affairs. 

Learn More & Apply

Contact Abril Iñiguez-Rivas, Senior Director of Training & Programs, at abril@corola.org with questions or to schedule an informational conversation


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