SIOUX CITY — Tyson Foods will fund an internship program starting next summer that will allow college students to gain experience serving nonprofit groups in two Siouxland communities where the meat company has large plants and a diverse workforce.

The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program will offer eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations in Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa and Chicago. Tyson has a beef plant in Dakota City, Nebraska, just across the Missouri River from Sioux City, and pork and turkey plants in Storm Lake, the Buena Vista County seat.

“The creation of this program offers the professionals of tomorrow a unique opportunity to build their resume, while also adding value to the critical services nonprofit organizations provide in their communities,” Garrett Dolan, Tyson Foods senior manager of corporate social responsibility, said in a news release Thursday.

Iowa and Illinois Campus Compact affiliates will oversee and administer the program.

“Opportunities like this are great examples of how colleges and universities can partner with local nonprofits to deepen student learning and professional development while contributing to community work,” said Maggie Grove Campus Compact’s vice president for strategy and operations. “This program will provide benefits both to those students selected and directly to community organizations in need of capacity support.”

The application process is now open for both community organizations interested in receiving a grant to host an intern and students interested in being matched up with organizations.

All nonprofits and public organizations within the designated communities are eligible to apply, however, applications are especially encouraged from those focused directly or indirectly on hunger relief, adult education, and immigrant services. Organizations will be selected based on need and capacity to provide a quality student experience.

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