Tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives in our six-county area. Organizations must provide services or be based in Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, LeFlore or Sequoyah County. Additionally, the organization must have the capacity to successfully provide a quality internship experience, including orientation, training, mentorship, 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 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 Fort Smith Area.
  • Assist the student in creating at least four (4) social media posts about their internship experience

Grant Award

Tyson Foods provides funds 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 $4,200 for the intern’s wages.

Applicant Submission

Organizations applying for a Tyson Summer Community Intern are encouraged to review the Application Packet before submitting an application. To create your user ID, go to

Applications are closed at this time.

Technical Assistance

Applicants with questions can contact Carrie Terry at or phone 479-782-1311.

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 Fort Smith Area

Since 1928, United Way of Fort Smith Area has provided change in our area. We mobilize our community in ways that no single agency, individual, or government can to enhance the ability of people to care for one another.

United Way addresses the needs important to people who live and work in Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties..