Joshua Jefferies ′07 to Become a CORO Fellow in Public Affairs


Publication Date: 5/1/2007

Joshua Jefferies, a Rhodes senior and religious studies major, has been selected for the prestigious CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs. “The fellowship provides a unique, rigorous immersion experience in public affairs. Upon completion of the fellowship, I will have skills and experiences which will be invaluable to my future career aspirations,” says Jefferies.

Each year, 68 Fellows are chosen nationally through a highly competitive selection process. The nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program introduces young public servants to all aspects of the public affairs arena. Fellows are placed in one of five major cities across the nation: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis.  In September, Joshua will be heading to St. Louis.

Fellows complete a series of month-long, full-time consulting projects in a variety of sectors in public affairs, including government, business, political campaign, organized labor, media and non-profit organizations.  In addition, Fellows undergo intensive leadership training, field assignments, interviews, and special individual and group projects that prepare Coro Fellows to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities.

As a Coro Fellow, Jefferies will learn how to:

  • analyze the resources, needs and goals of different institutions and organizations
  • communicate effectively with members of diverse communities
  • build consensus among individuals with differing viewpoints and agendas
  • understand the dynamics of working with groups and individuals
  • design, undertake and evaluate projects
  • promote effective decision-making
  • build and maintain a career network

At Rhodes, Jefferies has demonstrated leadership as a Bonner Service Scholar, a Kinney Program coordinator for children and youth services and literacy and education, a counselor in the Stax Music Academy’s Summer Music Camp, and a tutor at The Soulsville Charter School.