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 2019, the program will provide 42 nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant of $3,000-3,300 to hire a qualified college student for the summer.

If you would like to learn more about the program’s success, please read the Tyson Summer Community Internship 2018 recap!

Nonprofit organization applications are now closed for Summer 2019.  

Interested Organizations

Applications for nonprofit organizations are now closed.


Interested Students

Interested students can complete the online pre-application at any time. Students who apply before organizations are selected will have the opportunity to see the list of organizations in November and select those they with which they would be interested in working. This pre-application will be updated to include organization names and the opportunity to select them when they are announced. Pre-applications will be sent on to organizations who will reach out to students for interviews. Interested students can also contact the organization directly. Organizations will make all hiring decisions according to program eligibility.

Submit an Student Application.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Illinois and Iowa 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?

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

Grantee Resources

Applicant Resources

Technical Assistance

Grantee Orientation Resources

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