Internship of a Lifetime

Kylie Fencil of Wisconsin Rapids will receive the work internship of a lifetime, as she was received one of two EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.

The internship program is now in its fourth 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 2009. 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.

Fencil is a second-year student at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. She described the Socata summer internship in France as a dream come true.

"I got it?! I am so happy! I was crossing my fingers every day, hoping that I would be considered for this," Fencil said when called by Nicholas Chabbert, president of Socata North America, and Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of business and donor relations with the good news. "I really want to be in the aerospace industry, and I can't wait to work with the professionals at Socata in France."

Fencil is studying interior design at Fox Valley Technical College with an emphasis on commercial design. She was named to the dean's list this spring.

"My greatest passions in life are design and travel so it became an obvious choice to integrate these pursuits working with an aircraft company in the design and reconfiguration of commercial and private aircraft interiors," she said. "From a design perspective, aircraft are tremendously well thought out due to the space consideration that is required not only for the visual appeal of the interior, but also the mechanical and ergonomic challenges they present."

She is the daughter of Dennis and Susan Fencil of Wisconsin Rapids.

Contributed by Dick Knapinski, media and public relations, EAA Aviation Center, Oshkosh.

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