Tyson 2021 announcement

April 2, 2021

Campus Connect and Tyson Foods Renew Partnership to Provide Grants to Local Organizations to Provide College Internships

20 organizations across Iowa and Nebraska will receive $66K to offer internship positions

DES MOINES, IOWA – April 2, 2021 – 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 2021. This provides an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities.

A total of 20 organizations, some from previous years and some not, located in Sioux City and Storm Lake, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebraska, will receive a combined 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.

“With my internship experience, I definitely learned how to problem solve, said Jade Guzman, a recipient of the Tyson grant and Haven House intern. “There were many challenges that we had to overcome or problem-solve around due to COVID. It forced me to really tap into my creative side and explore new ways to do things.”

In 2020, Tyson interns addressed a wide variety of community issues, including COVID response and relief. Jade is a student studying Elementary Education and Special Education at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

In its four years, the program has partnered with 31 organizations supporting 85 interns across Northwest Iowa. Kaitlyn Hoelscher, a student studying Counseling Psychology with a studio art minor, worked at Siouxland Mental Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Kaitlyn’s big project was to develop social media and marketing resources to promote the programs and services of the Siouxland Mental Health Center.

”Looking back on my experience, the most beneficial part is all of the groundwork I made. From social media posting to website work, I was able to see the difference I made through the results on the platforms I worked on during my internship time. We are more accessible to the community, and I feel that we are now more relevant with Facebook and Instagram.”

Future 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 participating in 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 139,000 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. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM to learn more.

About Campus Connect

Founded in 2003, Iowa Campus Compact’s mission is to support our member colleges and universities as they fulfill the public purpose that is at the heart of higher education. We partner with institutions to assist in prioritizing what matters most and to adapt to changing times in ways that allow us to continue to have a positive impact in our communities and on the world. 

In 2019, the organization formed a three-year strategic alliance with Minnesota Campus Compact. The alliance will allow us to operate more efficiently and effectively so that we can work with more of your students, staff, faculty, and partners to address the most pressing issues that face us all from political polarity to student food insecurity to workforce readiness.

Together, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 58 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission.

Iowa Campus Compact is fiscally hosted by Iowa Western Community College and based in Des Moines, Iowa.


Campus Compact – Rob Barron, Executive Director

515-778-2961 or rbarron {at} compact(.)org


Tyson Foods – Liz Croston, Manager Communications

605-235-3657 or liz.croston {at} tyson(.)com



 Big Brothers Big Sisters | Marketing and Recruitment 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.

 Buy Fresh Buy Local | Sioux City Farmers Market/Downtown Partners Sioux City Internship

Our goals for the summer position with the Sioux City Farmers Market are:

  1. To help the farmers market continue to grow and develop; to help maintain a sustainable, local food system within our community.
  2. To help with communications and awareness efforts in low-income areas in Siouxland.
  3. To help in the development of the downtown area as a community marketplace.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City | Client Outreach and Marketing Summer Intern

The intern in our summer position will complete several marketing-related initiatives. First, the intern will complete paperwork alongside families requesting financial crisis assistance and help to make connections to other community resource partners. The goal of the first marketing initiative will be to conduct client follow-up surveys with all clients who were discharged from services at Catholic Charities going back to January 2020.

The second marketing initiative will be focused on helping Catholic Charities reach our Spanish-speaking neighbors to both decrease the stigma of mental illness and share information about the life-changing services offered by our agency to people of all faiths and backgrounds, no matter their ability to pay.

Thirdly, the intern will provide support to our Families in Crisis program by helping families complete the necessary paperwork when applying for financial assistance to cover basic needs expenses, such as rent, utilities, medications and food. Depending on the status of the pandemic by summer, this can be done in person or over the phone.

Camp High Hopes | Camp Director

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.

City of Sioux City, Iowa Historic Preservation Commission | Historic Preservation Commission Internship

The goal of the internship is for the student to complete an 8-week investigative experience with the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission with the objective to facilitate research on historic properties in downtown Sioux City that will support the writing and submission of a nomination to list a new historic district in downtown Sioux City in the National Register of Historic Places.

Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc | Social Media and Marketing Intern

The goal of the internship is to raise awareness and funds to support the Food Bank’s mission. Social media posts raise awareness by informing the public on the hunger challenges facing our community, and these posts also help individuals see how they can help solve the problem of hunger. Posts are also informative for those looking for assistance and the posts create a way for individuals to share food distribution sites with others that may be needing help. Social media gives us an opportunity to share information about fundraisers and food drives that benefit the Food Bank while thanking those that organize or sponsor the events. We also use simple marketing tools, for example brochures and fliers, that need updating on a regular basis. These materials are given out at community events or to people interested in donating to the Food Bank of Siouxland to provide a more detailed look at our organization and our operations. This provides our interns varied experience and offers a more in depth look at non-profit operations.

Girls Inc. of Sioux City | Program Specialist

The Program Specialist prepares and teaches research-based, age-appropriate programs and curricula using curricula from Girls Incorporated nationals as the cornerstone of instruction. The PS also designs and implements mission-related activities and events with the girls at the center and in the community.

Haven House | Program Intern

The intern will learn about hunger relief and other services provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The intern will be involved in encouraging our clients to sign up for adult education. The intern will be involved in helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with immigration services. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about nonprofit management. This would include learning about grant writing, grant budgets, grants management, and various funding streams; marketing and record keeping systems.

Heartland Counseling Services, Inc | Marketing & Advertising Intern, Graphic Design Intern, Office Clerk Intern

The effects of COVID on Heartland Counseling Services (HCS) operations has been significant. In addition to an increased demand for services, there have also been changes to how services can be provided, how staff can interact, and what data is collected. As a result, HCS is requesting 3 summer positions. One position will continue the work our 2020 intern performed in social media posting and marketing. The second position will focus on branding and graphic design. The third will assist our front desk staff with intakes due to the increase in clients.

ISU Extension and Outreach – Buena Vista county | STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) & Recreation Intern

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Buena Vista County currently offers summer camps and summer workshops to youth in Storm Lake and Buena Vista County. We typically serve 300-400 youth each summer. In Storm Lake more than 70% of youth are first or second generation immigrants or refugees. The intern will support the summer program by delivering experience and supporting the transportation needs of participants.

June E. Nylen Cancer Center | Marketing and Fund Development Assistant (Intern)

The Marketing and Fund Development Assistant will be a part of the team promoting the critical work of the June E. Nylen Cancer Center physicians and staff and raising funds to help advance technology and patient services. This intern will have an authentic, hands-on opportunity to gain marketing and fund development experience in a professional setting. There are so many important strategies that need to be executed to help expand the mission of the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. This intern position will help the organization advance further than it could without the intern. They will manage multiple simultaneous projects that will have a true impact not only to our organization, but to cancer care in the Siouxland community.

Mary Treglia Community House | Mass Communication Intern

The summer intern position will continue the work started through the Siouxland Public Media and Mary J Treglia Community House, and will help establish a long-term strategic plan for the use of multimedia outreach to the immigrant population in the Siouxland area. “News for All” is the collaborative effort with Siouxland Public Media where the local news is translated into five languages daily.”

Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA | Marketing Videographer/Editor

This summer intern would fill a huge gap we have currently: marketing and virtual programming. The Intern will create videos on group exercise classes, weight loss tips, healthy recipes and family programming. We will grow an in-depth library of videos that encompass our three main pillars: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Since COVID hit in March 2020 we have lost 3 full-time director level positions and as of now we are not financially able to onboard or re-invest in these lost positions. We want to be able to use this online/virtual platform as a way to gain new members to the Y and even retain current members we have.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland | Family Lunch Program Internship

The RMHC Family Lunch Marketing Intern would first witness the program up close and hands-on. Then the intern will focus on creating materials to promote the program in several avenues to reach families served, potential volunteers, as well as donors willing to support the program.

Sioux City Human Rights Commission | Summer Intern

The goal of this internship is to increase the Commission’s visibility in the community and increase community awareness of the Fair Housing Act in the following ways:

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

Siouxland Human Investment Partnership- Beyond the Bell | Volunteer/Intern Enrichment Specialist

The goals or our summer intern position would be:

  • To build relationships with the students and families that are enrolled in our program.
  • To help provide academic support to our students by helping the certified teachers with small group curriculum.
  • To help create a safe environment for our students to grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Beyond the Bell summer programming fills a critical unmet school and community need in Siouxland by providing quality programming for school aged children. Having a safe, high quality, academic driven program for students K-8th grade helps fill a need within the community for parents in need of not only school age appropriate activities but a focus on preventing summer learning loss.

Siouxland Mental Health Center | Marketing Intern

The goals of the 2021 summer position is to update our organization’s material in our efforts to educate our current clients and prospective clients on the work that we do. This will be primarily focusing on our adult population. We will also be making all our material in spanish as well. Siouxland Mental Health is working on adding more Bilingual services and this internship will help us market to that certain demographic. Another goal for the summer intern is to add more to our Social Media outlets for adult education to reduce the stigma of mental health, as well as creating blog posts for our website.

Siouxland Youth For Christ | Ministry Staff Support Intern

  1. Oversee our built in indigenous leadership program. a program for young adults too old to participate in the youth activities. In this indigenous leadership program things are learned through hands-on involvement by young adults, like Time management, group management, lesson prep, presentations and other needed life skills.
  2. Participate in a meal program where over the course of those 2 months we will serve around 600 meals as well providing food to take home to their families.
  3. Lead in our camp program where we plan to take between 70 and 80 students (most are at risk) to camp for 5 days and 4 nights.
  4. Help students to raise camp funds through fundraisers.

The Bridge of Storm Lake | Summer food coordination intern, Summer transportation coordination intern

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 in partnership with Iowa State Extension and Storm Lake Community Education, 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.

Women Aware | Women Aware Advocacy Intern

Over the course of 8 weeks, the summer intern will work within an open and supportive environment conducive to the development of multicultural competence and sensitivity to individual differences. They will be given experiential learning opportunities to develop a knowledge base for working with diverse populations. The employee will learn to develop and implement community outreach and marketing efforts, liaise with city officials, Siouxland residents, other social service agencies, and local businesses. It is hoped that they will develop an awareness and understanding of the multicultural and diversity issues in Siouxland and how those issues impact the community. It is also a goal that the intern will learn to identify and solve problems, by utilizing strategies learned, to improve Women Aware’s diverse population of clients’ interactions and experiences with the agency.