.Tyson Summer Community Internship.

Focus of the program: To partner college-student interns with organizations throughout the NWA area in order to positively impact the community.


The Tyson Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between United Way of Northwest Arkansas 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 internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. In addition, students will attend 90-minute educational sessions during the program to build business-related skills including leadership, professionalism, critical thinking, collaboration and interpersonal communication. 

  2020 Tyson Summer Community Interns.

Arkansas Support Network –  Avian King – Marketing Intern

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas – Charlie Rodgers – Workplace Mentoring Initiative Intern

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County – Catherine Wren- Marketing/Communication Intern 

Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County – Makenzie Bradford – Cox Innovation Technology Lab Instructor Intern 

Community Clinic of NWA – Fernanda Oregon – Dental Patient Engagement Intern 

Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club – Vivian Norris – Youth Development Staff Intern 

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation – Elizabeth Meneses – Community Engagement Intern

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation – Sarah Brasche – Resource Development Intern

Fayetteville Public Library – Lauren Headley – Marketing Intern

Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas – Monica Uribe – Mission Delivery Intern

Havenwood – Cat Martens – Organization Systems Coordinator

Legal Aid of Arkansas – Rose Stewart-Maddox – ACE Education and Outreach Facilitator Intern 

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank – Paige Lauro – Development Intern

Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter – Sydney Sapinsley – Development and Marketing Intern

OneCommunity, Inc. – Evelyn Pinto – Program Development Intern

Open Avenues – Miranda Steczak – Social Media and Development Intern 

Ozark Literacy Council – Mary Michael Hudgens – Community Engagement Intern

Prism Education Center – Grace Lehfeldt – Marketing and Development Intern

Scott Family Amazeum – Cami Hedstrom – Summer Camp Intern

Tri Cycle Farms, Inc. – Paxton Dodd – Event Coordinator Intern 

Tricycle Theatre for Youth – Alexa Joy Bell – Teaching Artist Apprentice Intern 

Yvonne Richardson Community Center – Lea Hart – Summer Intern

  Organization Applicants.

Who should apply?

Tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives in Northwest Arkansas. Organizations must provide services or be based in Benton or Washington County. Additionally, the organization must have the capacity to successfully provide a quality internship experience, including orientation, training and daily guidance.

Special consideration will be given to those organizations whose core mission is aligned with one of Tyson’s targeted themes of:

  • Immigration
  • Hunger Relief
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Adult literacy and education for non-English speakers

Special note: If your organization’s mission or services do not align with one of Tyson’s targeted themes, you are still eligible to apply. The program allows internships for other nonprofit categories such as art, education, health and other social welfare services.

Host Site (Organization) Requirements

Community organizations selected to host a Tyson Community Intern must commit to the following:


  • Process the student intern as a full-time seasonal/temporary employee
  • Pay related employer taxes
  • Issue a promotional story on the organization’s website about the internship. The story should acknowledge Tyson Foods and the United Way of Northwest Arkansas.
  • Assist the student in creating at least three (3) social media posts about their internship experience
Grant Award
Tyson Foods is providing $70,400 to support the paid internship positions. Community organizations selected as a host site will receive one paid intern for eight weeks and an amount of $3,200 for the inter’s wages.
Application Submission

Applications for Tyson Community Intern Summer Program 2021 are open from Thursday, October 1 through Thursday, October 29 at 4 PM.

Organizations can apply through United Way’s Grant Management System or by entering www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=UWNWA into your browser. If this is your first time to use the Grant Management System, you will need to create an account.

Online Information Sessions about this grant opportunity will be held on October 13 (2:00-2:30 PM) and October 14 (10:00-10:30 AM). You will need to register here to receive a meeting request with videoconferencing information or by entering igfn.us/f/2ylm/n in your browser.

  Intern Applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the program, the students must:


  • Be enrolled as undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full time sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2020
  • Must meet all the employment requirements of the hiring nonprofit organization
Student Obligations

If accepted into the program, interns must:


  • Agree to responsibilities of the job and complete all eight weeks of full-time employment
  • Submit written enrollment verification from their college or university confirming the student’s enrolling status to UWNWA prior to the start of the program in June.
  • Attend the kickoff event and three education sessions
  • Work  35-40 hours per week
  • Create at least three social media posts about their experience
  • Complete a post-program evaluation form providing feedback to the organization about the program and its impact.
Application Submission

Applications will be accepted for Summer 2021 between December 2020 – April 2021. Organizations will begin reviewing candidates in late-January. Please note, organizations may begin filling positions anytime after February 2021.

To Apply:

  1. Complete application via Logon portal
  2. If you do not already have a login ID and password you will need to create one. Click on the link below. From the grant portal home page, click Create New Account
  3. You will be directed to the application dashboard and hit Apply
  4. To access the application, enter STUDENT in the field located in the top right corner

Note: Application has the ability to be saved as a draft. You can return to edit and submit final application at a later date.


What’s the amount of the Tyson Foods grant that Host Sites will receive?

Each nonprofit will receive $3,200 per intern.

How long is the internship?

The internship is eight consecutive weeks in length, from June 8 to July 31, 2020

Can I adjust the dates of the internship?

No. The student internship is June 8– July 31, 2020 The Host Site may elect to extend the internship, but will be responsible for paying the student additional wages for any work outside the designated internship program period. 

Will the student intern be a contract employee/independent contractor?

No. Students will be treated as a full-time seasonal employee and subject to FICA and income tax withholdings.

If I had a Tyson Community Intern last year, can I hire the same intern again?

You may hire the same intern, provided the intern meets the eligibility requirements (undergraduate, full-time student).

What is United Way of Northwest Arkansas’s role in the Tyson Summer Community Internship Program?

United Way of NWA manages 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 the evaluation process.

  About United Way of Northwest Arkansas.

United Way of NWA is a forward thinking organization working to improve the capacity of individuals and families by mobilizing the caring power of our community through collaboration with our partners.


  About Tyson Foods.

Tyson Foods is underwriting this program to help young adults realize their potential while making a difference in our community. They are partnering with the United Way of Northwest Arkansas as the lead organization responsible for administering the program. Our combined efforts will ensure that nonprofits and college applicants have a productive and meaningful experience.