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 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 organization’s cause, as well as a brief description of the internship position. The following organizations are still hiring students for the summer internship program. Organizations that have already hired interns have been removed. 

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

Jen Nau – jnau {at} northernilfoodbank(.)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