Wartburg in Denver, Colorado 
Wartburg West is designed to give Wartburg students more experiential learning in an urban setting, where they clarify their vocational goals and values and develop personal and professional skills. Come experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

  • 100+ internships available in any major.
  • Experience the sights and sounds of the Denver metro.
  • Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to participate.

Wartburg College established the Wartburg West program in the fall of 1985. Since that time, over 1,000 students have participated in the program and the Wartburg alumni base in the Denver area has surged. Theses alumni/ae and friends have been instrumental to the success of the program.

Want to learn more?

Call 303-860-7119
or bonita.bock@wartburg.edu

Visit Jo Dorrance, on-campus liaison for Wartburg West, in the Center for Community Engagement.

Academic & Lifestyle Information

Students live in furnished individual studio apartments located in Cathedral Square North (777 14th Ave., Denver, 80203) in downtown Denver. Apartments include a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and some furnishings.

Food costs will vary greatly depending on shopping and eating habits. You can cook all your meals in your apartment if you choose. Food costs are probably no more than a meal plan at Wartburg unless you eat out a lot, which is certainly a possibility with all the wonderful restaurants in Denver.

Transportation & Parking

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Denver. Many students choose to bring cars to Denver, although that isn't necessary. The apartment building is very close to both the bus and light rail lines, and limited parking is available.

Students who bring a car have off street parking at no cost. Students should budget for gas costs (depending on the distance to their internship).

There is no cost for parking at the apartment building. There are a limited number of parking spaces adjacent to the building available on first-come, first-served basis. Parking is also available on Clarkson St. and Washington St.


Wartburg West will help you find an internship for any major. Here are some examples of past internship sites:


“Wartburg West is a great program. As a nonprofit, having interns
with a variety of skills and a willingness to help with different
needs of the organization is very helpful.”

Gail Bransteitter
Director of Marketing & Communications – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver


Wartburg West allows you to take classes, gain internship experiences, and enjoy all the Denver area has to offer.



The Revs. Nelson and Bonita Bock bring to the program 25+ years of experience in urban ministry and community involvement. They arrange and supervise internships, handle housing arrangements and other logistical/administrative aspects of the Wartburg West and Denver Semester programs, and teach all the classes. They reside in one of Denver’s most diverse inner-city neighborhoods. The Bocks visit campus periodically to meet with students interested in the Wartburg West program.

Nelson is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I. Bonita is a graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. They are both 1980 graduates of Luther Northwestern Seminary and served as co-pastors of American Lutheran Church in Baker, Mont. until they moved to Denver in the fall of 1984. In 1987, the Bocks founded the Urban Servant Corps, a Christian volunteer service ministry in Denver’s inner-city. Bonita served as its director until April 1998. Nelson worked in campus ministry at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver from 1987 to 1992. The Bocks bring to Wartburg West a strong commitment to urban life, Christian community, and stewardship of resources. Because they live in the heart of Denver with their two children, their commitments involve them in neighborhood, church, and city issues.

Nelson and Bonita Bock
Phone: 303-860-7119
E-mail::nelson.bock@wartburg.edu or bonita.bock@wartburg.edu

Nelson and Bonita Bock