Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program

The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community.

The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer job to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. In the summer of 2019, the program will provide nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant to hire a qualified college student for the summer.

Nonprofit organization applications now open for Summer 2019.  See below for organizational and student applications, frequently asked questions, grantee resources, and past grantees.

What is Campus Compact’s role in the Tyson Foods Summer Job Program?

Iowa and Illinois Campus Compact manage the Community Summer Jobs Program and is the face-to face contact between Tyson Foods, students, and nonprofits. Key responsibilities range from assisting nonprofits with applying, qualifying nonprofits, conducting summer education programs and activities, and evaluation process.

How long is the internship?

The internship is full time for approximately eight weeks. Organizations can negotiate specific start and end dates and weekly hours with interns (but interns must attend kick-off and closing events and other educational sessions).

What’s the amount of the Tyson Foods grant? Can I receive more than one grant?

Each nonprofit is eligible to receive one grant of between $3,000 – $3,300 (based on the community) per application. Organizations can submit more than one application with different job descriptions for each one.

Can I treat the student as a contract employee/independent contractor?

No. Students will be treated as a salaried employee and subject to FICA and income tax withholdings. Please provide copy of first paystub to Iowa or Illinois Campus Compact for verification.

Will nonprofits be assigned a student?

No.  Participating nonprofits are required to hire their own student. Iowa and Illinois Campus Compact can help with the process to ensure you get the best possible student for your specific needs.

Are graduate students eligible?

No. The Program is only open to undergraduate students.


If I have any comments, questions, concerns or problems during the Program whom do I contact?

Iowa Campus Compact: Justin Ellis; 515-235-4681; jellis@compact.org

Illinois Campus Compact: Natalie Furlett; 312-362-7693; nfurlett {at} depaul(.)edu

Applicant Resources

Technical Assistance

Grantee Orientation Resources

  • Download Grantee Handbook – PDF
  • Download the Work Plan Template – WORDEXCEL

Congratulations to our 2018 grantee organizations. See our press release and learn more about them below.

Selected Iowa/Nebraska Organizations (see Illinois organizations here):

3rd District Juvenile Court Services, Storm Lake, Iowa
The mission of Juvenile Court Services (JCS) is to serve the welfare of children and their families within a sound framework of restorative justice to ensure public safety, while providing the guidance, structure, support and services needed to every child under its supervision.
About the Internship: The community internship position would be a much-needed catalyst for JCS to advance our immigration goals by building cultural competency and community outreach.
Job description
Contact: Kathy Vrieze, LMSW & Education Specialist, kvrieze {at} siouxlandship(.)org, (712) 577-4960

Boys Town, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Boys Town has been a national leader in the care and treatment of children since its founding in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan. Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian child and family care organizations in the country, and provides compassionate, research-proven treatment for behavioral, emotional and physical problems.
About the Internship: The goals of our summer position are to provide service learning and professional experience for a social work and human services student, link students to future employment opportunities with nonprofits such Boys Town, and have a positive outcome for children, families, and communities.
Job description
Contact: Leila Tatby, Recruiting Outreach Partner, btrecruiter {at} boystown(.)org, (402) 498-1783

Buy Fresh Buy Local – Siouxland, Inc., Sioux City, Iowa
The Sioux City Farmers’ Market is one of the most important events of the year. It brings together all the people of the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods, and beautifully handcrafted items. Everything that is for sale is grown or produced by the person selling it.
About the 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.
Job description
Contact: Becky Kempers, Market Manager, becky.scfm {at} gmail(.)com, (712) 251-2616

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Catholic Charities mission is to provide family centered services that empower individuals and strengthen families. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program’s primary area of focus is providing basic needs for domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors. This is accomplished by providing a 24/7 crisis line and emergency shelter and supporting services.
About the Internship: The goals for the position would be for the intern to work directly with the women, men and children that utilize our shelter program. The intern would be answering our crisis line, working with clients to develop goal plans for their stay at our shelter and co facilitating our classes that are offered to shelter residents and the community.
Job description
Contact: Diane McKee, Program Manager, dmckee {at} catholiccharitiesdm(.)org, (712) 256-2059

Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc., Sioux City, Iowa
The Food Bank of Siouxland (“FBS”), founded in 1991, is a year-round source of food to 100 nonprofit organizations in Siouxland serving an average of 16,088 people each month. The FBS solicits and distributes fresh, frozen, boxed, canned, and non-shelf stable foods to our member agencies consisting of food pantries, emergency relief agencies, shelters, day care centers, rehabilitation programs, senior citizen’s centers, and other outreach programs.
About the Internships: The goal of the Social Media Intern position is to create a sustainable plan 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 goals of the Communications & Advocacy Intern position are to help raise more awareness about the Food Bank of Siouxland and help communicate our mission and need to the public so that we can be better advocates for and better serve the food insecure people in our area. The intern will be instrumental in collecting client testimonials, researching other local feeding programs, and designing press and advertising plans to continue to educate the public on the issues of hunger even after this internship ends.
Job descriptions
Contact: Jennifer Hart, Development Director, jennifer {at} siouxlandfoodbank(.)org, (712) 255-9741

Haven House Family Services Center, South Sioux City, NE
Our mission is “Haven House is dedicated to eliminating violence in the lives of men, women, and children through empowerment, education, social action and support services.” Haven House services include the following: emergency shelter, emergency transportation, protection order assistance, criminal justice, medical, and legal advocacy, peer support groups, child advocacy programs, immigration and referral assistance to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
About the Internship: 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.
Job description
Contact: Amy Munderloh, Executive Director, amym {at} havenhousefsc(.)org, (402) 375-5433

Heartland Family Service, Omaha, NE
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service currently serves more than 52,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention and Housing & Financial Stability.
About the Internship: The goal of this internship are to support programming related to Housing and Financial Stability that exist throughout the Council Bluffs, Iowa area. The intern’s goals would be to participate in collaborative street outreach efforts, conduct screenings with individuals or living on the streets, assist the individuals in identifying permanent housing options and make referrals to housing programs as necessary, assist outreach and/ or case management staff in providing support services to individuals living in housing through agency programs and/or living on the streets, provide problem solving and crisis intervention services to empower individuals to develop self-sufficiency, work with clients in the effort to connect to mainstream resources, food pantries, household items, and clothing, and assist with office management and clerical responsibilities, as needed.
Job description
Contact: Abby Showers, Permanent Supportive Housing Director, ashowers {at} heartlandfamilyservice(.)org, (402) 934-8910

Hunger Free Heartland, Omaha, NE
Hunger Free Heartland (HFH) works with schools and community partners to provide access to meals for these children. HFH’s mission is to empower communities to end childhood hunger throughout Nebraska. A core piece of HFH’s programming is increasing children’s access to summer meals.
About the Internship: The goals of the summer internship are to benefit Hunger Free Heartland, the selected intern and the community as a whole. HFH works throughout the state to improve access to summer meals for children aged 0-18. The intern will aid the organization in reaching new sites and stakeholders as well as marketing the program.
Job description
Contact: Sarah Liewer, Program Coordinator, sliewer {at} hungerfreeheartland(.)org, (402) 932-3222

Mary Treglia Community House, Sioux City, Iowa
Our mission is to welcome, empower, educate, and advocate for Siouxland’s newcomers. Mary J Treglia Community House envisions a vital and diverse community of self-sufficient, responsible, and engaged Siouxland. We value the celebration of diversity, hospitality, solidarity and compassion.
About the Internship: Mary Treglia has three positions about with a variety of projects to suit an intern’s interests and abilities. See all the job descriptions for more details.
Job descriptions
Contact: Amy Chabra, Executive Director, director {at} marytreglia(.)org, (712) 258-5137

MICAH House, Council Bluffs, Iowa
The mission of MICAH House is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for those families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness. MICAH House is an emergency family homeless shelter in Council Bluffs, Iowa and serves the Omaha-Metro area.
About the Internships: Our goal would be for either a student in either the social/human services department or early childhood education department to assist MICAH House in serving our homeless families in day-to-day operations.
Our goal would be for a Culinary Arts student to come to MICAH House and learn about cooking and preparing meals for the homeless while applying the knowledge and skills they have learned in their program to benefit both our organization and the families we serve.
Job descriptions
Contact: Rachel Morehead, Community Relations and Development Coordinator, rachelm {at} themicahhouse(.)org, (712) 323-4416

Sioux City College Access Network, Iowa
We are a community-based college access coordinating body supported by a team of community and education leaders representing K-12, higher education, nonprofit sector, government, business, and philanthropy. These intermediary organizations are committed to building a college-going culture and dramatically increasing the college going/completion rates within their community.
About the Internship: The primary goal of our summer internship is to establish sustainable lines of communication between Sioux City CAN and adult members of the Latino community.
Job description
Contact: Travis Perry, Director, tperry {at} siouxlandship(.)org, (712) 202-4192

Sioux City Human Rights Commission, Iowa
The SCHRC investigates discrimination complaints that occur in Sioux City, Iowa regarding housing, employment, public accommodations, education and credit. We provide referrals to appropriate agencies when we do not have jurisdiction (other states or other areas in Iowa). The SCHRC also sponsors educational programming in an effort to minimize and eliminate discrimination.
About the Internship: The individual will assist in developing an outreach campaign involving 1) holding a minimum of three “pop-up” events at local businesses designed to reach the immigrant and other disenfranchised communities; 2) hosting a minimum of two outreach activities at the Mary Treglia Community House (as agreed to by their executive director); 3) planning and/or hosting of at least two Fair Housing outreach events, including the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act.
Job description
Contact: Karen Mackey, Executive Director, kmackey {at} sioux-city(.)org, (712) 279-6986

TS Community Foundation, Council Bluffs, IA
TS Community Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation affiliated with the TS Banking Group. The TS Community Foundation financially supports the TS Institute, which specializes in delivering free personal financial education to consumers of all ages in regions the TS Banking Group conducts business, including the Council Bluffs region.
About the Internship: TS Community Foundation will focus on improving economic and financial education for constituents in Council Bluffs. Our goal is to improve overall knowledge of financial management within the Council Bluffs Hispanic and immigrant community with focus on budgeting, proper use of credit, understanding taxes, insurance, and entrepreneurship.
Job description
Contact: Bob Mantell, Director, bob.mantell {at} tsinstitute(.)org, (712) 487-0420

The Bridge of Storm Lake, Iowa
The Bridge of Storm Lake’s mission is to strive to care and advocate for Storm Lake youth in vulnerable places of life by meeting them where they are, building a supportive community there, and providing training toward a more hope-filled future. The Bridge as an organization has 3 main areas, Neighborhood Program, Youth & Summer Youth Programs, Social Enterprise Programs.
About the Internships: The goals for our summer positions are to work connect, support, and empower the youth of Storm Lake that find themselves in vulnerable places of life. The individuals filling these summer internship positions would work with young people that are either immigrant and refugees or children of immigrant and refugees.
Job description
Contact: Jay Dahlhauser, Operations Director, Jay {at} thebridgeofstormlake(.)com, (712) 299-0469

United Way of Siouxland, Sioux City, Iowa
Our mission is: To improve lives by uniting the caring power of our community. We do that by bringing people from all areas together to solve community issues. We work to identify community needs and develop strategies to help solve those needs. We focus on 3 key areas: Health, Education and Financial Stability. We have developed focus areas based on the needs of Siouxland.
About the Internship: The goals of the summer position would be to research ideas and plan for the 100 year anniversary of UWS in the year 2021. United Way of Siouxland has been improving the lives of Siouxland residents for nearly 100 years. In our 100 year anniversary year, we see an opportunity to advance this work even farther so we can continue to positively impact the community.
About the Internship: The goals of the summer position would be to research ideas and plan for the 100 year anniversary of UWS in the year 2021. United Way of Siouxland has been improving the lives of Siouxland residents for nearly 100 years. In our 100 year anniversary year, we see an opportunity to advance this work even farther so we can continue to positively impact the community.
Job description
Contact: Heather Hennings, President, hhennings {at} unitedwaysiouxland(.)com, (712) 255-2956