The Wartburg Urban Studies Program welcomes students from Augustana College (Ill.) and Luther College.

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 gregory.lorenz@wartburg.edu

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

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Academic & Lifestyle Information

Students live in Denver's historic Park Hill neighborhood on the Johnson & Wales University campus. Each room (either a double or quad) features a private bathroom, kitchenette, two desks, two chairs, two dressers, a stove/oven, and refrigerator. Lobby space and a larger communal kitchen also are available.

Food costs will vary greatly depending on shopping and eating habits. You can cook all your meals in your hall 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 campus is very close to bus lines, the light rail, and Lime Bikes (which can be rented by the mile or minute).

Parking is available in a patrolled lot for students who bring a car to Denver. They should budget for gas costs (depending on the distance to their internship).


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

Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biochemistry, Public Health

  • City Center Dental
  • Clinica Campesina
  • Clinica Tepeyac
  • Colorado Neurological Institute
  • Craig Neurological Hospital
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Health 
  • Doctor’s Care Clinic
  • Every Child Pediatrics
  • Metrocaring
  • National Association on Mental Illness
  • Park Hill Veterinary Clinic
  • Peak Physical Therapy and Wellness
  • Project C.U.R.E.
  • Rossow Dental Clinic
  • Swedish Hospital Genetic Counseling
  • Therapies of the Rockies
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Business, Mathematics, Marketing

  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians 
  • Armada Medical Advertising 
  • Arvada Center for Performing Arts
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Metro Denver
  • Colorado Symphony
  • Comedy Works Business Office
  • Denver Center for Performing Arts
  • Denver Film Society
  • Denver Police Department
  • Entercom Denver Radio 
  • Fulcrum Publishing 
  • iModerate Marketing Research 
  • Metro Denver United Way 
  • Metro State University Admissions Office 
  • Metro State University Athletic Dept. 
  • Pro Star Sports Agency 
  • Senior Housing Options 
  • Symphony Media AI
  • Visit Denver Tourist Bureau 

Communication Sciences

  • Denver Public Schools – Speech Pathology
  • Therapies of the Rockies

Computers/Information Technology

  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • foreThought.net
  • iDE Global (International Development Enterprises)
  • Mercy National Housing Association
  • Swimlane

Design and Communication

  • Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods 
  • Colorado Community Media
  • Denver Center for Performing Arts
  • Denver Center Theater Company
  • Denver Dept of Parks and Recreation
  • Visit Denver Tourist Bureau 
  • Comedy Works
  • Denver Film Society
  • Entercom Denver Radio
  • Just Business LLC
  • Ronald MacDonald House
  • The Publishing House


  • Denver Public Schools
  • Adams County Public Schools, District 50
  • AXL Charter School, Aurora
  • Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School


  • ADA-ES
  • Major Geo Thermal


  • Denver Center for Performing Arts
  • Tattered Cover Bookstore
  • The Publishing House/Thirst Magazine

Environmental Science

  • Denver Dept. of Environmental Health

Finance and Accounting

  • Bethany Lutheran Church 
  • Hellerstein and Associates 
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Mercy National Housing Association

Fitness Management

  • Coors Fitness Center, DU
  • The Point Athletic Club


  • Colorado Historical Society 
  • Historic Denver

Human Resources

  • Denver Public Library
  • Mercy National Housing Association


  • Audio Information Network of Colorado 
  • Colorado Public Television 12
  • Denver Center for Performing Arts
  • Denver Police Department
  • Ground Floor Media
  • High Noon Productions
  • PeakMed Direct Primary Care
  • Metrocaring


  • Bethany Lutheran Church 
  • Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral 

Peace and Justice

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Colorado Progressive Coalition
  • Denver Justice and Peace Committee

Political Science and Public Policy

  • City Council Office
  • Colorado Center for Law and Policy
  • Governor’s Policy Office
  • Rocky Mountain Voter Project


  • Bethany Lutheran Church
  • Capitol Hill United Ministries
  • Colorado Council of Churches
  • Rocky Mt. Synod ELCA Office of Advocacy

Social Work

  • 9-5 Colorado 
  • Adoption Outcomes
  • African Community Center
  • Bridge Project for At-Risk Youth
  • CHARG Resource Center
  • Colorado Anti-Violence Program
  • Colorado Public Defenders Office
  • Denver Juvenile Probation
  • Denver Rescue Mission Ministry
  • Denver Safe City Juvenile Diversion
  • Empowerment Program
  • Focus Points
  • Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Mount Saint Vincent Children’s Home
  • Rocky Mt. Synod ELCA Office of Advocacy
  • St. Francis Center
  • Together Colorado
  • Urban Peak Youth Outreach


  • Denver City Attorney’s Office
  • Denver Police Department
  • Lakewood Police Department

Field Experience for Certification in Education or Social Work
Students receive full-time academic credit for the field experience plus whatever seminar their department requires. The supervision and seminar instruction are provided by adjunct faculty contracted by the college for this purpose. Students also take a 1/2 credit course, Urban Lifestyles, taught by the program directors, which meets weekly and includes the other Wartburg West students.

Internships in Fields other than Education or Social Work
Students work in their internships three days per week and receive two credits. In addition, they take a one-credit course that fulfills an Interdisciplinary (ID) requirement, and another one-credit course that fulfills a Faith and Reflection requirement.

“Wartburg West has proven extremely beneficial for Visit Aurora. We look hopefully forward to continued partnerships with Wartburg West. The students make our organization better!”

– Gary Wheat, President/CEO, Visit Aurora



Greg Lorenz

Urban Studies Program Director-Wartburg West