Two Students Earn EAA/DAHER-SOCATA Scholarships And Will
Work Overseas At Socata Facility In France
Oshkosh, WI - Kalena Glover of Prescott,
Ariz., and William McAleer of Birmingham, Ala., will receive the work internships
of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year's
EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.
The internship program is now in its seventh year. Each
recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA's Tarbes facility in France,
located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week at the EAA
Air Academy in Oshkosh where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2013.
All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to
the Airbus facility at 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 and 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 benefitting 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 Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of business and donor
relations. "For a student, nothing is more important. The cultural
exchange, the educational opportunities, and the impact on their lives are
Glover is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
in Prescott, majoring in aerospace engineering. She is a former EAA Young Eagle
and Air Academy attendee. Her career goal is to work on the management side of
aircraft and spacecraft design and contribute to the development of new
aircraft or spacecraft.
McAleer is a junior at Auburn University, majoring in
industrial and systems engineering. He already holds a commercial pilot
certificate, and has a career goal of using both his aviation experience and
engineering education in the aviation industry.