Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program

Tyson Foods Summer Community InternshipThe 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 2018, the program will provide 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant of $3,000-3,500 to hire a qualified college student for the summer.


These 20 Chicago-area organizations have been chosen to receive funding from Tyson Foods to hire a summer student intern. Below you will find an overview of each organization’s cause, as well as a brief description of the internship position. 

The Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors

About the organization: The Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors is committed to providing compassionate, quality, and affordable legal assistance for immigrants in and around Des Plaines, Illinois. AIN was established as a response to the need for accessible legal services for the Northwest Suburbs’ increasingly diverse immigration population. Since 2015, AIN has served immigrant families through direct legal services and community education.

Student Employment Opportunity:The Community Engagement intern will work closely with another staff member to create opportunities to organize immigrant and citizen neighbors in educating and advocating for immigrant concerns, with the purpose of challenging the dominant rhetoric that stigmatizes immigration.

Full Job Description

Contact Information

Amelia Jackson – ajackson {at} allianceforimmigrants(.)org


BEDS Plus Care

About the organization: BEDS PLUS Care’s mission is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Since 1988, BEDS PLUS has given the homeless a safe place to sleep, hot homemade meals, professional counseling, and the job services they need to become self-sufficient.

Student Employment OpportunityThe Summer intern supervise and assist Volunteer Coordinators in implementation of lunch and dinner programs at support centers and shelters. Research and develop new meal programs with food pantries and other established food resources for our Supportive Permanent Housing Clients and Housed Clients. Additional workload may vary depending on the expertise of the applicant.

Full Job Description

Contact Information

Erin Molek – volunteer {at} beds-plus(.)org

708-354-0858 x 3

Bridge Communities

About the organization: The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Student Employment Opportunity: This position provides a student intern with a broad range of responsibilities in organizational development, fundraising, marketing and event planning, volunteer management, program development, and data collection and research.

Full Job Description

Contact Information

Andrea Carradus – Andrea.carradus {at} bridgecommunities(.)org


Center for Economic Progress

About the organization: The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income, working families as a trusted provider of tax and financial services. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve.

Student Employment Opportunity: The goal of this internship is to prepare students for leadership and service, with a focus in the fields of administration and business. Working with the Asset Building and Volunteer Engagement departments, the volunteer intern will develop new community assets and strengthen existing partnerships.

Full job description.

Contact Information 

David Marzahl – dmarzahl {at} economicprogress(.)org


Common Threads

About the organization: Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community, and to teach and excite us about our world.

By sharing the delight of cooking and delicious recipes, in conjunction with practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads can change lives.

Student employment opportunity: The employee will support the Development team’s efforts to increase and diversify revenue from private and public funding sources by contributing to an increase in the number of funding proposals submitted and the percentage of proposals granted.

Full job description.

Contact Information:

Allie Temkin – atemkin {at} commonthreads(.)org


Erie Neighborhood House

About the organization: Erie Neighborhood House’s mission is to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action.

Student Employment Opportunity: The summer intern will 1) assist with data entry, donation acknowledgement, and reporting; 2) maximize fundraising efforts through prospect research and program event management. The Program Assistant will help us strengthen and expand our health and nutrition programming.

Full job description

Contact Information:

Paula King – pking {at} eriehouse(.)org


Gads Hill Center

About the organization: Since 1898, Gads Hill Center creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.

Student Employment Opportunity: The Community Health Intern will help bolster recruitment for the Healthy Moves program, which gives isolated Latino communities access to critical health and nutrition education and other resource, such as linking families to public benefits. In addition, the Community Health Intern will strengthen partnerships with PlayStreet community based organizations and community resources in efforts to promote safe physical play for Chicago residents in the North and West service regions.

Full job description

Contact information:

Erin Malcom – emalcolm {at} gadshillcenter(.)org

312-226-0963 x 242

Garfield Park Community Council

About the organization: The Garfield Park Community Council is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. 

Student Employment Opportunity: The Garfield Park Garden Network and Market Program Assistant will help to expand a comprehensive local foods program in Garfield Park, a community on the West Side of Chicago. The Program Assistant will provide support to the Wellness Coordinator and help administer programming for the Garfield Park Garden Network, a coalition of 32 community gardens, as well as the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, which offers produce grown in the gardens to the community.

Full job description

Contact Information:

Mike Tomas  – mike {at} gpcommunitycouncil(.)org

773-638-1766 x 14

Global Garden Refugee Training Farm

About the organization: The mission of Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm is to improve access to fresh vegetables for newly arrived refugee families and their urban neighbors; feed the souls of displaced farmers through reconnection with the soil and food production; provide supplemental income for participating refugee farmers; and foster new, refugee-operated farms.

Student Employment Opportunity: This position will assist with staffing and leading weekly crews of refugee farmers and volunteers in maintaining the common areas of Global Garden Refugee Training Farm: planting and managing crops, and site cleanup. The student will keep attendance records, and assist staff with explaining and modeling tasks, and assist with making sure that a safe work environment is maintained.

Full job Description

Contact Information: 

Linda Seyler – globalgardenfarm {at} gmail(.)com


Hanul Family Alliance

About the organization: The Hanul Family Alliance strives to be a leading organization by becoming an efficient, effective, and supportive provider of social services to an ever changing Korean-American community.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern student is responsible for compiling, maintaining and ensuring the accuracy of Hanul Family Alliance’s client demographic data and service usage. Additionally, this person will collect and analyze information necessary for different grant applications, new geographic expansions or new program development. The student will work closely with Hanul’s each programming area to review and analyze their data collection methods and come up with a way to compile all data together.

Full job description

Contact Information 

Kimberly Mua – kmua {at} hanulusa(.)org

773-478-8851 x 110

Howard Area Community Center

About the organization: Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. Many of HACC’s services are life-sustaining. Individuals and families set their own goals, and HACC is here to lend a helping hand along their journey to success.

Student Employment Opportunity: The main project that the Intern will complete is a strategic plan to expand the HACC Family Literacy Program to reach a greater number of low-income parents and children. As an experiential grounding for the development of the plan, the Intern will observe and work with the teachers in a variety of classrooms with specific age groups: infants, toddlers, and school age.

Full job description

Contact Information:

Maria Roman – mroman {at} howardarea(.)org

773-262-6622 x 253

Illinois Hunger Coalition

About the organization: The Illinois Hunger Coalition seeks to alleviate and end hunger and the underlying causes through community organizing, advocating for progressive public policies, and public education.

Student Employment Opportunity: The Summer Food Service Program Intern will work to increase the number of Summer Meal sites and the utilization of existing sites to feed more children in Illinois over the summer months. The intern will also assist with media outreach and data collection efforts.

Full job description

Contact Information

Diane Doherty – dianedihc {at} aol(.)com


Northern Illinois Food Bank

About the organization: The Northern Illinois Food Bank aims to lead the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern will assist the Finance Department in Organization Development and support the team in improving our contract tracking and reporting, and establishing a standard control process. Proposed tasks will improve the efficiency of the department and improve and current processes by documenting procedures.

Full job description

Contact Information

Tom Rieger – trieger {at} northernilfoodbank(.)org

630-443-6910 x 204

NIU CommUniversity Garden

About the organization: The CommUniversity Gardens seek to improve agricultural literacy by increasing access to education about sustainable farming practices and the importance of local food production.

Student Employment Opportunity: This internship position will oversee development of our summer volunteer program for students, campus staff, and community residents. The intern will also share responsibility for coordinating campus and community participation in the gardens through several outreach efforts, assisting with gathering volunteer participation and harvest data and assessment, and contributing to literature review for a grant application.

Full job description

Contact Information

Michaela Holtz – mholtz {at} niu(.)edu


Northside Community Resources

About the organization: Northside Community Resources (NCR) was founded in 1952 as the Rogers Park Community Council. NCR’s mission is to build and strengthen communities among the diverse populations of Chicago’s North Side.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern will help develop new Civic Education programs by researching best practices, curriculum requirements, and program rollout examples. The intern will also assist in outreach and direct services to engage the northside’s diverse community.

Full job description

Contact Information

Chris Zala – chris {at} northsidecr(.)org

773-338-7722 x 22

Seven Generations Ahead

About the organization: Founded in 2001, Seven Generations Ahead’s mission is to promote the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. SGA works with local government, community and private sector leaders to help communities make the changes they need to create a healthy and sustainable future.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern will work to further expand the knowledge and infrastructure of the Wasted Food Solutions. Intern will be a critical component in expanding the reach and understanding of the importance of eating local and healthy foods, using food surplus wisely as well as the importance of food scraps and waste in creating healthy soil and more nutritious crops.

Full job description

Contact Information 

Lisa Daleiden-Brugman – admin {at} sevengenerationsahead(.)org


South Asian American Policy and Research Institute

About the organization: SAARPI serves South Asian Americans in the Chicago area, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included research and policy initiatives on civic engagement, hate crimes, access to health care, economic development, and immigration.

Student Employment Opportunity: The summer intern will play a key role in conducting research, managing databases, assisting with the development of the web platform, community outreach, and marketing of SAARPI’s Digital Public Square Project.

Full job description

Contact Information 

Dhara Puvar – dhara {at} saapri(.)org


St. Leonards Ministries

About the organization: St. Leonard’s Ministries provides comprehensive residential, case management, and employment services for those released from prison without resources needed to rebuild their lives.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern will participate in education programs for formerly incarcerated adults to prevent recidivism. The intern will also play a key role in furthering the development of  fundraising and  communications initiatives for St. Leonard’s Ministries. By developing and implementing new communications strategies, the Tyson Summer Intern will help the campaign against recidivism be seen as vital to the public interest.

Full job description 

Contact Information

Lynne Cunningham – mbcdir {at} slministries(.)org


The Talking Farm

About the organization: The Talking Farm embodies the long-term commitment to sustainable green development and preservation of open spaces in an urban environment. 

Student Employment Opportunity: Farm interns will experience all the tasks associated with the daily operations of a diversified productions vegetable farm. Interns will gain a solid understanding of crop planting, crop care, harvesting, hoop house management, disease/pest management and volunteer management.

Position has been filled!

Contact Information 

Matthew Ryan – matt {at} thetalkingfarm(.)org


Chicago World Relief

About the organization: Established in 1980, World Relief Chicago (WRC) has assisted in the resettlement of over 15,000 refugees. We work in close collaboration with community partners and volunteers to come alongside refugees and immigrants on their journey through cultural adjustment with the goal of assisting refugees in becoming self-sufficient in the United States.

Student Employment Opportunity: The intern will assist World Relief Chicago in its goals of developing adult
education and employment resources for recently arrive refugees. The intern will research local resources available for refugees as well as work directly with clients to assist them through the employment process.

Full job description

Contact Information:

Ryan Seibert – rseibert {at} wr(.)org


January 9, 2018 – Organization orientation sessions in Sioux City and Chicago

June 4, 2018 – Iowa intern kick-off and start date

June 18, 2018 – Chicago intern kick-off and start date

June-July, 2018 – Three, one-hour local training sessions in Sioux City and Chicago (dates and times TBD)

July 27, 2018 – Iowa intern end date

August 10, 2018 – Chicago intern end date

Watch the technical assistance webinar or download the presentation slides! Please contact Justin Ellis at jellis {at} iwcc(.)edu if you have questions.

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 eight consecutive weeks in length, from June 4 to July 27, 2018 for Iowa Campus Compact participants and June 18 to August 10, 2018 for Illinois Campus Compact participants.

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 – $3,500 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.

When will I be notified if my nonprofit is selected?

All nonprofits that apply will be notified by Friday December 15, 2017 at the latest.

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 {at} iwcc(.)edu

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