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EAA/Daher-Socata Scholarship Recipients Bound for France
April 22, 2014 - Grace Huseth, of Tucker, Georgia, and Michael Keck, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will receive the work internships of a lifetime this summer as recipients of the 2014 EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.
The internship program, now in its eighth year, provides each recipient with a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA’s Tarbes facility in France, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week to the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh where they’ll help Socata during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility in Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it’s a dream situation.
“This opportunity gives a one-of-a-kind experience for the internship recipients,” said Nicolas Chabbert, president/CEO of SOCATA North America. “They will spend time with our team in France, gaining expertise in their fields of interest – such as marketing, production, organization, design, support, and service. We hope the experience will make a difference in their future careers, while also benefiting our company by working with the next-generation of aviation industry decision-makers.”
While DAHER-SOCATA is currently providing American students a chance to study abroad, the company has encouraged EAA to find companies in the U.S. willing to share such an experience with young people from other parts of the world. For instance, the two interns will have the opportunity to interact with Socata employees as part of a unique cultural exchange.
“DAHER-SOCATA’s commitment provides an incentive, a challenge to EAA Young Eagles, an opportunity for them to explore a variety of career directions within the aviation field first hand to see what the future holds,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of business development. “For a student, nothing is more important. The cultural exchange, the educational opportunities, and the impact on their lives are tremendous.”
Huseth is a senior at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, majoring in communication arts. Her career goal is to support the aviation industry through communications within an aviation company or as an aviation business reporter.
Keck is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison majoring in engineering mechanics. He already holds a private pilot certificate and teaches aviation theory to fellow college students. Keck plans to become an aerospace engineer, with a special affection for design and computation.