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. Tyson Foods is underwriting this program, which will launch in the summer of 2018 in Northwest Arkansas.
Community organizations have been selected and can be viewed under the “Internsip Position Opportunities” tab below. Organizations were selected based on need and capacity to provide a quality student experience. Student applications must be submitted using the online form found on the Student Information tab below by Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Tyson Summer Community Internship Program
The Tyson Summer Community Internship Program provides an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in the Northwest Arkansas community. The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer job to assist nonprofit organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues.
Students selected for the program will be assigned to local nonprofit organizations and receive a $3,000 stipend for the eight weeks during the summer.
Organizations host site applications must be submitted using the online form by 5 PM, Monday November 27, 2017.
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.
About the United Way of Northwest Arkansas
The United Way of Northwest Arkansas mission is to unite our community by empowering people and improving lives through volunteers, advocates and giving. Visit www.unitedwaynwa.org for more information.
Applicants with questions can contact Melody Timinsky at [email protected] or phone (479-303-4417). For more information about how to apply, you are invited to attend one of the two sessions:
- Wednesday, November 8, 2017 3:00-4:00 PM
- Friday, November 10, 2017 9:00-10:00 AM
The informational sessions will be held in the UWNWA Community Room located at 100 Parkwood Street, Lowell, AR. To register, please email your name, phone number and organization’s name with “Tyson Internship” in the subject line to [email protected] A copy of the presentation from the informational session will be made available on the program webpage shortly after.
Tyson Foods is providing $60,000 to support the paid internship positions. Each of the twenty (20) selected students will receive $3,000 for eight weeks of work at a nonprofit. Community organizations selected as a program host site will receive one paid intern for eight weeks.
The following list of eligibility requirements applies to each grantee:
- 501(c) nonprofit or public organization (organizations focused on lobbying are not eligible)
- Provides services or is based in Benton or Washington Counties
- Submits a completed application and required attachments
- Has the capacity to successfully supervise a quality internship experience, including orientation, training and daily guidance.
All organizations within the designated counties are eligible to apply, however applications are especially encouraged from those focused on hunger relief, adult education and immigrant services.
The United Way may request clarification or consultation with the application prior to notice, but after the application deadline.
Students who meet the eligibility guidelines can begin applying for this internship experience in November 2017. Priority deadline is December 15, 2017 for students who want to be considered first. Applications will continue to be accepted until February 23, 2018. Applications will be gathered and reviewed by the United Way of Northwest Arkansas who will share them with nonprofit partners. The nonprofit organizations will then contact students directly for additional information and interviews. The organizations will make hire decisions no later than April 2018 and likely much sooner, so students should apply early to have the best chance of being considered.
Interns will work for eight weeks from June 11 to August 3, 2018.
To participate in the program students must:
- Be a currently enrolled, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full time sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2018.
- 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. (can include enrollment print-offs or emails)
- Must meet all the employment requirements of the hiring nonprofit.
If accepted into the program, students must:
- Agree to responsibilities of the job and complete all eight weeks of full-time employment.
- Attend the kickoff event and three education sessions.
- Work minimum of 35 hours per week.
- Create at least four social media posts about their experience.
- Complete a post-program evaluation form providing feedback to the organization and about the program and its impact.
Please fill out all of the required fields and attach your resume below. Participating community organizations will reach out for more information and interviews. Contact UWNWA for information.
Selected Organizations and Internship Opportunities
*Click links for job descriptions
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 an nonprofits. Key responsibilities range from assisting nonprofits with applying, qualifying nonprofits, conducting summer education programs and activities and the evaluation process.
How long is the internship?
The internship is eight consecutive weeks in length, from June 11 to August 3, 2018
What’s the amount of the Tyson Foods grant?
Each nonprofit is eligible to receive $3,000 based on the community.
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.
Will nonprofits be assigned a student?
No. Participating nonprofits will be involved in the hiring process. The United Way of NWA will assist in insuring nonprofits receive the best student for their 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 December 13, 2017 at the latest.
If I have any comments, questions, concerns or problems during the program who do I contact?
Nonprofit Organizations and Students- Melody Timinsky, Vice President Community Impact, [email protected], (479) 303-4427
Colleges and Universities – Christina Hinds, Vice President of Resource Development, [email protected], (479) 303-4410
November 6, 2017
November 8, 2017
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying from 3PM-4PM at the United Way of Northwest Arkansas Community Room, Lowell, AR
November 10, 2017
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying from 9AM-10AM at the United Way of Northwest Arkansas Community Room, Lowell, AR.
November 26, 2017
Nonprofit Applications Due
December 13, 2017
Announcement of Nonprofits Selected
December 15, 2017
January 9, 2018
Interviews for Internship Positions
February 23, 2018
March 9, 2018
Internship Interviews Conclude
June 11, 2018
Tyson Summer Community Internship Program Kick Off Education Session: Leadership and Profession Start Date
June 29, 2018
Educational Session: Critical Thinking & Collaboration with Tyson Cookout
July 13, 2018
Educational Session: Interpersonal Communication & Networking
August 2, 2018
Tyson Summer Community Internship Program Celebration and Evaluation
August 3, 2018
Last Day at Nonprofit Organization