The CU Denver Department of Communication is nationally recognized as a leader in merging Communication Studies with service learning, internships, travel study, and civic engagement.We strive in every class we offer to create opportunities for our students to practice good citizenship by using their communication skills for the benefit of, and in partnership with, the larger communities in which we live and work. 

Our community partners come in many forms, including: 

Internships and Service Learning with Media Producers

7 News, CBS 4, Captured Words/Free Thoughts (prison arts magazine), CCTV (both in Beijing and U.S. offices), Copper Nickel (literary magazine), KS107.5, KYGO, KZCO/KMGH, Music Industry Student Association, People’s Daily, the Social Justice Project website, the Swallow Hill Music Association, and Tweeter Communications Internships and Service Learning with Civic, Arts, and Justice Groups Advocates for Children, Amnesty International, Azteca Colorado, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Beanstalk Foundation, Cans for Hope (sex trafficking prevention), Center for Middle East Studies (University of Denver), Colfax Marathon, COLOR Colorado (Latina opportunity), Colorado Association for Recycling, Colorado Photography Arts Center, Comedy Works, COUTURE Colorado, CU Denver Advising Center, CU Denver Cycling Club, CU Denver Experiential Learning, Center, CU Denver Hispanic Scholarship Fund, CU Denver Ice Hockey Team, CU Denver Volunteer Fair, Denver Cutthroats, Denver Urban Gardens, Emily Griffith Foundation, the ESL Academy (CU Denver), Family Tree (youth/family shelter), Give Back Yoga Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Headbands of Hope, iNSPIRE!, the Littleton Museum, the NAACP (Auraria Chapter), Maxfund Animal Adoption Center, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Office of International Affairs (CU Denver), Parent Pathways, Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation (in Guatemala), Rocky Mountain CARES, SoCo Nightlife District, Smart-Girl (mentoring program), and the Women’s Wilderness Institute.

Internships and Service Learning in the Business Community

City of Chengdu (China), Denver Business Alliance, Eliot Management Group, Five Points Business District, John Loomer Digital, Madison House Inc., The Morgan Adams Foundation, New York Life Insurance, Pulse Beverage Corporation, Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute, Second Wind Funding, Volcom Incorporated, and Worldwide Partners.

Internships and Service Learning in China

American Oil and Mineral Group Ltd. (PR), AVIC Fertilizer Co. LTD, Beijing Bai Long Hengye Electrical Equipment Company (Advertising), CPF Food Trading Co. (Advertising), Beijing Energy Development Limited Co., Beijing He Lan Shi Corporate Planning LLC (PR), Beijing Zhong Hehe Investment Limited Co., China Chun Yu Photo Studio (Photo Editing), Chun Guang Service Company, Dafang Wu Yu Publishing Beijing, Eleutian Technology, Ogilvy Public Relations (Beijing office), Touchdown Consulting (Marketing),Trends China PR Firm, Wanbo Dian Qikeji (PR), Weber Shandwick (Advertising), and 90% Travel Company (HR).

Internships and Service Learning in Health Communication

Angel Eyes (SIDS program), Armada Medical Marketing, Bayaud Enterprises, Centura Global Health Initiative, CU School of Medicine, Klein Buendel Inc., LiveWell Westwood, Outdoor Mindset (serving the neurologically disabled), and the University of Colorado Cancer Center.​​