The Kansas City Coro Summer Internship in Public Affairs, a program of Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, is accepting applications for its summer 2015 class.
Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. It is a demanding, full-time internship, and requires an interest in public affairs. Each intern is assigned an individual internship in each of the four sectors of business, government, labor and nonprofit organizations. Participants are immersed in these sectors, allowing them to learn experientially and establish significant professional contacts.
The program is led by Don Wise, instructor of nonprofit and community services management, and associate director of Park’s Center for Leadership. He is assisted by Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, who served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999-2007.
As a program that emphasizes experiential learning, the interns are given a broad range of leadership and professional opportunities, and they are immersed into the Greater Kansas City region. This enables them to gain first-hand knowledge of the area’s opportunities and challenges. The program trains the participants in communication, team building, conflict resolution, critical thinking, consensus, decision making and facilitation.
In addition to the experiential learning sessions, interns have opportunities to interview community leaders, including elected officials, neighborhood activists and business leaders who are charting the course of Kansas City’s future. At the end of the summer, the program concludes with a community service project.
The eight-week program, which runs from June 1 through July 26, 2015, is open to recent college graduates; current sophomores, juniors, seniors in college; and graduate students, from any college or university. In addition to valuable real-world experience, participants earn elective credit from Park and can transfer credit back to their home institutions. Tuition for program participants is covered by the program and includes a $1,000 stipend. Applications to the program are due by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2014.
Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 when W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, launched an exploration of the world of public affairs. Their premise was based on the realization that, unlike law, business or medicine, post-graduate training in the area of leadership was nonexistent. The program has grown to include centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Pittsburgh.