Campus Compact and Tyson Foods Announce Nonprofit Grantees

January 17, 2020

For immediate release: Campus Compact and Tyson Foods today announced the nonprofit organizations that were selected to receive grants for the third year of the Summer Community Internship Program. Grantees will receive funding to support a full-time college student intern for eight weeks in the summer of 2020. This will provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities.

A total of 21 organizations in Sioux City and Storm Lake, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska will receive a total of $66,000 for 22 summer internship positions. The organizations are listed below and will also receive support from Iowa Campus Compact in creating and supporting positions that have maximum impact on their organizational mission and student development.

In 2019, Angelica Perez, a student studying Criminal Justice at the University of South Dakota, worked at Women Aware in Sioux City, Iowa. Angelica’s big project was to hold an event for the Spanish speaking community in Siouxland on a topic of her choosing. She chose to share information about what parents/ students need to know about attending college. She found the venue, found community members to speak at the event, and she also created all the marketing and evaluation for the event.

In its three years, the program has partnered with 29 organizations supporting 63 interns across Northwest Iowa. Rae Clinkenbeard, a student studying Arts Administration and Photography at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa worked at the Food Bank of Siouxland shared this about their experience. “It’s a great way to spend the summer. You’re helping a nonprofit organization while building up your resume, and you get to make a little income to help pay for college expenses.”

Student interns will take on a variety of roles within these organizations that allow them to take on responsibility, learn new skills, and build capacity. This includes creating immigrant outreach programs for the juvenile court system, building a social media strategy for a food bank, and a culinary internship for a homeless shelter. Students interested in applying can review job descriptions and apply them through an online form.


About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 141,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit


Campus Compact – Molly Leiper, Communications Manager
(mobile) 717-557-4356 or (desk) 617-357-1881
mleiper {at} compact(.)org

Tyson Foods – Derek Burleson, Public Relations Manager, External Communications
(desk) 479-290-6466 or (mobile) 479-651-0275
derek.burleson {at} tyson(.)com


Iowa Tyson Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sioux City, IA

Social Media Intern

The purpose of this position is to assist with advancing the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland (BBBS) through social media, the BBBS website, special events, direct mail and mentor recruitment.  Help create an alumni relations program that increases reinvolvement of former Littles, Bigs, and parents. Help agency revise and create recruitment materials. Assist with planning and marketing of two special events; The Holiday Tour of Homes and Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

Boys Town, Location TBD

Youth Care Intern

The student will be assigned to a certified In-Home Family Services Consultant whom they will assist with screening and assessment of family members to determine program implementation and identify areas to address in the service plan. They will assist the In-Home Family Services Consultant with parenting skill development, problem solving techniques, case coordination/management, and referral to community resources including medical professionals, food pantries, public welfare personnel, lawyers, therapists, law enforcement, Immigration professional, school officials, neighbors, and religious and youth organization representatives. The student will assist the In-Home Family Services Consultant with monitoring individual and family progress in the attainment of identified goals providing regular review and update of Service Plans. The student will also learn to promote a culture of professionalism through role modeling and respect. In addition to direct services, the student will learn the administrative functions of the In-Home Family Service Model. They will assist the In-Home Family Services Consultant with the preparation and submission of reports and recommendations concerning case load status, budget requests, changes in Service Plans and any unusual incidents that occur in the operation of the program. They will learn to prepare proper documentation and Service Plans in a timely manner as defined by our program. The student will also learn through modeling and mentoring what is necessary to ensure compliance with all contractual, regulatory, program and accrediting body standards.


Buy Fresh Buy Local – Siouxland, Inc, Sioux City, IA

Sioux City Farmers Market Internship

The goals of this position are to help the farmers market continue to grow, develop and maintain the Double Up Food Bucks program for the market, and develop the downtown area of Sioux City.


Camp High Hopes, Sioux City, IA

Summer Day Camp Counselor

The goal of our internship program is to provide a one-of-kind experience to our hired interns through their experiences with kids, teens and adults with disabilities. We want all of our interns to leave Camp with ideas and experience that will help them grow in a variety of career fields.||Our interns focus on the program’s priority through their arts and nature education for our campers with disabilities, and they also tend to a variety of individualized diets for our campers while they are with us. Our interns help prepare and serve meals from our kitchen, that was previously sponsored by Tyson Foods. |


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA

Community Outreach Summer Intern

Through this summer position, Catholic Charities will bridge a significant gap in community resources for individuals and families in crisis. The goals of this summer position are to expand the community outreach program capabilities of Catholic Charities through an increased dedication of time, new help for immigrants and additional dollars to award to those in need.  Catholic Charities has had a long-standing, Families in Crisis program to offer assistance to individuals and families and provide needed support when crisis strikes. We know that many people not only need a phone number to the housing department, but someone who will make phone calls with them, help them fill out an application, follow-up with them, and ensure they are getting support and assistance. Catholic Charities has seen an increase in the number of people with questions about how to access community supports for completing legal status documentation. They often turn to Catholic Charities because we have bilingual staff and are known for not only connecting people with community resources but assisting them in walking through the process. The student intern will dedicate the majority of their time to the two above initiatives, and we expect the student would help 45 families throughout the summer. Also, there is significantly higher demand for assistance funds than Catholic Charities has resources to provide.  Just 189 of the over 2400 requests last year were helped with direct financial resources. Through designing and implementing a social media campaign to enhance donor awareness of the Families in Crisis Program, the student will aim to double the financial assistance money available to award (from $3,000 to $6,000) and thereby double the number of individuals and families helped directly. Ultimately, the goal of our summer position is to allow Catholic Charities to help more families develop skills, access resources & support, and be able to provide for themselves both today and in the future.


Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc, Sioux City, IA

Marketing & Social Media Intern

The goal of the Social Media Intern position is to effectively and efficiently use social media to raise awareness of hunger in Siouxland and raise funds to further the mission of the Food Bank. The intern will coordinate with other staff to schedule and publish social media posts that align with our mission and with the messages presented through other marketing materials such as direct mail and email blasts. In addition to creating and scheduling posts, the intern will manage and track social media activity, maintain the social media calendar, and create/publish our second annual summer e-newsletter.


Girls Inc. of Sioux City, SIOUX CITY, IA

Summer Program Specialist

Through training, experience, and personal commitment, the goal for this position is for the intern to learn/model/enhance these skills:

  • Become a role model and understanding that adult actions, language, appearance, and overall demeanor convey messages to the girls.
  • Understand the importance of accepting girls where they are in their lives and building on their assets, abilities, and potential for growth. Staff have the responsibility for advancing diversity and inclusion, welcoming all girls and reflecting them in program content and the environment. Staff must have the capacity to communicate with girls and their families in their primary language, either directly or through others who can interpret.
  • Develop mentoring relationships with small groups and individual girls, as a part of regular programming.
  • Develop skills in program delivery and pedagogy.
  • Engage and communicate with girls’ parents/families in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways.
  • Learn more about girls’ issues and how to champion their rights, whether in the community, the school or social work system, or in the larger political arena.
  • Become knowledgeable about and support the Girls Inc. advocacy agenda, and work to overcome discrimination against girls and young women on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects.
  • Assist with summer meal service, including sitting with the girls during meals, facilitating mealtime conversations, and modeling/encouraging trying new foods.
  • Plan, prepare and teach age-appropriate programs/curricula, infusing experiential curricula/programs/activities.
  • Maintain/track/report outcomes and program/concept comprehension from girls.
  • Continually modify, tweek, and retool teaching techniques and lessons, providing individual and small group assistance if necessary to improve outcomes and increase girls’ understanding of concepts.
  • Seek opportunities for outreach in the community.


Haven House, Sioux City, IA

Outreach Intern

  1. Goal 1: The intern will learn about hunger relief and other services provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  2. Goal 2: The intern will be involved in encouraging our clients to sign up for adult education.
  3. Goal 3: The intern will be involved in helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with immigration services.

Heartland Counseling Services, Inc., South Sioux City, NE

Social Media & Marketing Intern

The first goal of the position is to create and lay a framework for HCS’s growth in the social media arena by creating a Social Media Plan & Procedures manual. Heartland has become active in the Facebook scene, so this manual will assist in maintaining and growing Facebook interactions as well as creating growth in other social media platforms. The second goal is to spread the word about the great work and services provided by HCS while also reducing the stigma of mental illness by increasing awareness and knowledge about mental health and substance abuse. The intern will focus on social media and other marketing tools to accomplish this goal. S/he will follow the newly created procedures to grow Heartland’s presence on social media platforms. Posts will cover multiple initiatives including spreading kind words/messages, facts on mental health & substance abuse, information on HCS’s programming, ways to help/volunteer, and ways to donate. The intern will also review printed and electronic marketing material to determine where improvement can be made in reaching this goal. That may include redesigning brochures, creating a newsletter, and/or improvements in website content. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend community meetings to learn more about the needs of the community and how local organizations are working together to better the overall health of those living in our neighborhoods.


ISU Extension and Outreach – Buena Vista county, Storm Lake, IA

STEM Outreach Educator

Goal #1:  To extend our reach and increase the number of youth served from refugee and immigrant youth populations from 10% to at least 25% of the youth served.  Goal 1 relates directly to the program priority area of immigrant services.  This participation increase would mean 100 youth would receive 2500 hours of STEM education and more than 2000 meals.

Goal #2:  To provide quality STEM learning and experiences for youth participants on a daily basis.  Immigrant and refugee youth will have access to research-based activities about programming and coding, engineering, chemistry, rocketry, planetology and earth science.  Assessment of learning outcomes will be included.


June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Sioux City, IA

Marketing & Development Assistant

The learning objectives for this summer intern are:

  • Demonstrate awareness, understanding and skills necessary to work in a diverse professional environment.
  • Learn how to plan an annual budget and establish key performance indicators.
  • Learn how to create and implement a marketing plan and fund development plan.
  • Learn how to conduct market research and use it to generate a larger audience or increase buy in.
  • Learn how to use multiple platforms and strategies to effectively promote a brand. Will use current metrics and analysis to determine if and how strategies should be enhanced.
  • Become proficient in database management by entering and managing data in a donor database.
  • Gain experience with donor research, execution of direct mailing and donor outreach by providing the department with general support for these critical fundraising activities.

In addition to the intern’s overall learning objectives for their summer experience and completion of tactics within the current marketing and fund development plan, the intern would be working towards the same established key performance indicators (KPIs) as the Marketing and Fund Development Manager. These are explained in a future question about measuring goals.


Mary Treglia Community House, Sioux City, IA

Marketing Intern

The goal of this student intern is to increase MJTCH’s visibility to the community. By developing, implementing and maintaining marketing plan MJTCH that will encompass social media, website and print/radio media. This multifaceted approach will increase awareness that will assist in sharing accurate information to the immigrant population while communicating the needs of the agency to perspective donors, volunteer and community leaders.  By the end of the summer, the marketing intern will create an evaluation method that will assist MJTCH in furthering the marketing plan.


Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, South Sioux City, NE

Youth Development Intern

  1. Create a welcoming, hopeful, determined, genuine and nurturing atmosphere that fosters a sense of belonging among the children and helps them gain confidence through achievement.
  2. Nurture children through summer programming dedicated to building achievement and relationships among youth and within families. Specifically, by implementing a summer event or program that brings more children through the doors of the Y.
  3. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Y’s mission statement and values by maintain the Y-Voice in all that they say and do ~ welcoming, hopeful, determined, genuine, and nurturing.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland, Sioux City, IA

Ronald McDonald Family Lunch Program Intern

Last summer, our Tyson Summer Intern helped us in a huge way.  She took our Ronald McDonald Family Lunch Program and grew it by leaps and bounds.  She brought fresh ideas, leadership and creativity that helped us add service days for our hungry families, and make the community aware of the work we are doing.  In 2020, we’d like to grow upon that.  We currently deliver lunch to families staying with their children in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the hospital 5 days a week.  We’d love to continue that, and also expand to other hospital departments or facilities.  We know the families who need us are out there, we just need to find them and streamline our lunch process to get a healthy and comforting lunch to them.  With the help of our summer intern in 2020, we would like to increase the number of families we serve by searching out new departments where our services could be of assistance.


Sioux City Human Rights Commission, Sioux City, IA


The intern will increase the Commission’s visibility in the community and increase community awareness of Fair Housing laws.

  1. Develop and implement an outreach campaign designed to reach the immigrant and other disenfranchised communities. This will include a minimum of
    1. three “”pop up”” events at local organizations or businesses;
    2. outreach at a minimum of two community events (e.g. the Asian Festival); and
    3. contacting local minority organizations or businesses to post Sioux City Human Rights Commission and Fair Housing information at their location.
  2. ) Curate posts for the Commission’s social media platforms.


Siouxland Mental Health Center, SIOUX CITY, IA

Marketing Coordinator

The goals for this intern will be to help us market to and educate the adult population in our community on services that we offer and how it can help them. We have added a variety of new services within the last year so being able to educate the community on those will be the main goal. Also this intern will help with the redesign of our website, by making it easier to navigate and possibly some text in other languages. This intern will also be leading all of our Social Media platforms to help education people on mental health.


Siouxland Youth For Christ, Sioux City, IA

Ministry Staff Support Intern

  1. To support existing ministry staff and area director with summer activity planning and implementation for increased building times for staff, students and volunteers to develop more relationships. (building times are purposeful hangout time with kids – going to a park, taking them bowling or a movie, out for pizza, etc)
    1. improved and meaningful student building times / events with students (6 additional building times beyond camp)
  2. Plan, develop and implement summer event activities with excellence schedule with ministry staff to accomplish:
    1. improved and meaningful volunteer appreciation events
    2. 2 summer camps
    3. weekly family meal times (2 per week) in our weekly program
    4. scheduling and planning games and events for 7 weeks of program time
  3. Provide increased communication / community engagement through social media interaction with volunteers, partners, kids and the larger community.
  4. To survey student intern pre- and post-work evaluation / survey for understanding of life experience development, community engagement, youth ministry programming, working with at-risk kids and non-profit volunteerism.


The Bridge of Storm Lake, Storm Lake, IA

Summer food Coordination Intern & Summer Transportation Coordination Intern

The Bridge of Storm Lake is requesting two interns. The goals for these two summer positions is to assist The Bridge of Storm Lake to help youth receive over 2,000 meals during the summer, connect with over 150 new families during neighborhood outreach events, train 75+ students in the social enterprise training programs and directly impact 200+ youth through The Bridge’s overall Summer Youth programming. They will help accomplish these goals by coordinating food for the Cultivate Training Garden snacks, Elementary and Middle School Summer Lunch Program, weekly Middle School Youth Night Meals, and weekly Neighborhood Night Outreach events and coordinating daily transportation to and from  activities including Cultivate Training Garden, Summer Lunch, Summer Camps, Summer Learning Loss Prevention and summer evening outreach programs.


Trepson Foundation, Storm Lake, IA

Community Action Coordinator & Teacher Intern

  1. Increase our relationship with Buena Vista University.
    1. Trepson has worked closely with administrators and faculty of Buena Vista University, a Campus Compact awardee, over the past year. One of our major projects that involved administrators, faculty, students and utilizing some a BVU facility was the 2019 Storm Lake Day of the Child Festival-where Trepson was one of the major founders of the event.
  2. Reduce barriers to family self-sufficiency among immigrants in the community. Of the more than 20 languages spoken in the Storm Language school system, 6 languages (Spanish, Karen, Lao, Hmong, Sudanese (Arabic), Micronesian) constitute more than 70% of the population with Spanish being over 50% of the student population. The goal is to start an ongoing partnership with at least 1 leader from two of these language groups to begin providing focused on the success of their immigrant population within our community.


United Way of Siouxland, Sioux City, IA

100th Celebration – Volunteer Coordinator

In celebration of our 100th Community Campaign, we will launch a community-wide engagement campaign in June of 2020.  The summer intern will help coordinate this engagement effort which will include working with local businesses, nonprofits and volunteers  to coordinate meaningful volunteer experiences which will then be shared via social media and through other communication channels.

The overall goal of the project is to celebrate the positive impact that United Way has had over the last 100 years, and  get everyone excited about what we can accomplish in the coming century.


Women Aware, Sioux City, IA

Marketing Intern

The summer employee will be asked to develop outreach programming that promotes positive emotional, physical, and mental health among marginalized communities that leads to intercultural understanding. This will be achieved by raising awareness about the impact of cultural, educational, and income inequality issues on one’s health (physical, emotional, and mental), by providing a safe space to process personal experiences, and providing resources related to culturally congruent coping skills.