Thursday, Oct. 27 (Cedar Valley)
Application Deadline: Sept. 29

Saturday, April 22-Monday, April 24 (Des Moines)
Application Deadline: March 8

The Orange Connection is a career mentoring experience designed to allow you to connect and/or “shadow” with Wartburg alumni in metropolitan areas. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a specific occupation or line of work you might be interested in.  

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the knowledge, skills, talents, and level of education required for the job, as well as learn about the important responsibilities and tasks associated with your mentor’s position. While the purpose of the Orange Connection is to gather career-related information and expand your network, it also allows you to build your interviewing skills, become aware of trends in the field, and see workforce technologies in action.

Participating in the Orange Connection will:

  • Discover information about potential majors and minors at Wartburg.
  • Gain essential insight into certain occupations and careers.
  • Experience what it’s like to work in a large metropolitan area.
  • Learn how to successfully balance your personal and professional life.
  • Connect with alumni and learn about how they have been impacted by their Wartburg experiences. 

Campus Contact

Veronica Reece

Assistant Director (Advising, Vocation, Mentoring, & Careers)

Past Placements in Chicago, Illinois
Job Shadowing Mentor Organization
Major Accounts Dist. Manager ADP Major Account Services
Communications Manager Allstate Corporate Relations
Physical Therapist AthletiCo
Elementary Education Teacher Chicago Public Schools
Music Educator Chicago Public Schools
Police Officer/Educator City of Chicago
HR Manager Clausen Miller P.C.
Staff Writer Daily Herald
Director of Marketing ELCA Foundation & Development Series
Social Worker Fairview Ministries
Attorney Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Account Manager Gyro: HSR
Financial Planner Hewitt & Associates
President & Pastor Holy Family Ministries
Professor & Optometrist Illinois College of Optometry
Senior VP/Creative Director Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc.
Sales Manager Lesco Corp.
Assistant Account Executive Magnani Continuum Marketing
Operations Manager MED Alliance Group, Inc.
Product Manager MED Alliance Group, Inc.
Account Executive Ogilvy PR Worldwide
IT Development Manager PFG Forex
Executive Team Leader Target
Associate Director, Statistics Webb Writes
Volunteerism Director YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Manager of Member & Donor Relations      Shedd Aquarium
Folklorist Company of Folk
 Warranty Analyst Navistar Inc.
President/CEO Chinese American Service League
Controller of Operations Pepper Construction Company



*The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and The Pathways Center facilitates the matching process of students and hosts based on majors and/or desired occupational interests.  However, please note, due to confidential work sites and/or an organization’s work situation, it may be difficult to place students in certain settings.


Past Placements in Des Moines, Iowa 
Job Shadowing Mentor Organization
Magazine Editor Meredith Corporation
Marketing Manager Downtown Community Alliance
State Senator State of Iowa
House of Representatives State of Iowa
Internal Medicine Broadlawns Medical Center
Hospital Administrator McFarland Clinic
Physical Therapist / Occupational Therapist On with Life
District Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Services
Software Developer INTL FCStone
Events and Marketing Coordinator      Des Moines Arts Center
Business Analyst Principal Financial Group
Research Associate New Link Genetics
Systems Analyst Guide One Insurance
Corporate Events Director American Heart Association
Audit Manager Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Occupational Therapist Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Recreation Coordinator City of West Des Moines
Chief Medicolegal Death Investigator Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office