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. 

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

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


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

Jen Nau – jnau {at} northernilfoodbank(.)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


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