Frequently Asked Questions about Koru



What is Koru?

Koru is a company that runs immersive, experiential learning programs in which college seniors and recent graduates from its partner colleges are placed in teams in high-growth work environments where they learn practical skills and gain relevant experiences and connections needed to get hired and make an immediate impact at their first job. Koru prepares rising seniors and recent graduates to stand out in the hiring process and land a great job. It also provides employers with a new pipeline of talented entry-level hires who are more prepared to add value from day one.

How can I apply?

If you are a Connecticut College student or recent graduate, you can work with your CELS counselor to apply at www.joinkoru.com.

What qualities is Koru seeking in its applicants?

Koru is looking for go-getters. Students and recent graduates who take initiative, who are looking for real-world experience with a company in which they will work with coaches and mentors to address real challenges companies face.

Who will screen the applicants and make the determination about who gets in?

Koru’s professional staff will review all of the applications and select the participants.

How much does the Koru program cost?

Tuition for the four-week program is $2,750.

Does tuition include room and board? What about travel expenses?

Participants are responsible for their own room, board and other expenses, such as travel, while attending the Koru program.

Can I apply my College-funded internship toward the tuition?

Yes, Connecticut College rising seniors who have completed all of the requirements for the funded internship program, including attending CELS workshops and maintaining good academic standing, may apply the internship funding toward the Koru tuition.

Are scholarships available?

Some scholarship funding may be available. 

Where and when are the programs?

  • June 2-26 in Seattle
  • July 7-30 in Seattle
  • Sept. 8-Oct. 1 in Seattle
  • Sept. 22-Oct. 15 in San Francisco

What companies can I expect to work with during the Koru program?

Koru employer partners currently include Julep, REI, Smartsheet, Trupanion and zulilly—and the list of employer partners is growing. During each four-week program, participants will work with two Koru employer partner companies.

How many students would be in my team? And where would they be from?

Each program will include 40 students from any of Koru’s partner colleges. They will work in teams of 4 to 5 people, spread across different employers for this immersive, experiential learning experience. The founding partner colleges are Connecticut College, Bates College, Brown University, Colorado College, Denison University, Georgetown University, Mount Holyoke College, Occidental College, Pomona College, University of Southern California, Vassar College, Whitman College and Williams College.