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.The following organizations have all hired summer 2018 summer interns. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 re-connection with the soil and food production; provide supplemental income for participating refugee farmers; and foster new, refugee-operated farms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Applications for summer 2018 are now closed.

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