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.

Technical Assistance

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.

Grant Award

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.

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Applicant Information

  • How is your organization equipped to effectively recruit, select, orient and supervise a summer student employee? Please describe any past experience you have in this area and your staff capacity
  • Tell us about your organization. This can include your mission, vision, strategic goals, and other relevant information. Please feel free to provide links to your web site, news stories or other sites
  • What are the goals of your summer position? How are your goals linked to program priority areas of hunger relief, adult education, and immigrant services?

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.

Student Eligibility

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.

Student Obligations

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.

Applicant Information

    Please select at least one area of interest. You may select more than one.
  • What skills and past experiences do you bring? What are your future goals and how would this opportunity help you achieve them
  • On the lines below, please provide two references and/or academic references. References will only be contacted by a potential community organization site after you have been interviewed

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

Applications Open

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