USD student selected for NASA internship at Johnson Space Center

USD student selected for NASA internship at Johnson Space Center
Scott Hansen, a student at The University of South Dakota, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Program.� The program, which will begin in January of 2006, requires a minimum of three semesters or "tours" at Johnson Space Center.

During Hansen's tours he will be working under NASA's Chief Financial Office completing either budget or procurement assignments.� His main role will be developing and reviewing budgets or developing contracts with businesses throughout the nation for the development of new products and parts needed by NASA.

After the first tour is completed, Hansen will be given the option of choosing which areas he would like to explore in future tours.�The program is intended to lead to future employment with NASA upon completion of the internship.�

Hansen, from Milbank, has always been interested in the space program and nearly all of his experiences involve activities related to space and aviation. Hansen recently completed an internship at Business Aviation in Sioux Falls, where he was employed as a business expansion analyst, researching the expansion of their interior, cabinet, and paint services. While there he also developed a five year strategic plan for the maintenance and avionics departments.�

The NASA internship will provide Hansen with the opportunity to work in the two fields he enjoys most, aerospace and business.

"With the shuttle program coming to a close and the development of a new program to return to the moon, this will be a very exciting time to work at NASA. I am very excited to move down and get to work," Hansen said.�

In addition to family, teachers, and friends, there have been a number of people over the years that have encouraged Hansen to pursue his interest in aerospace. �While attending USD, Bob Tosterud, a professor in the school of business, and Steve Ward, from the academic advising office, played a key role in encouraging Hansen, while the Career Development Center at USD also helped him refine his resume and prepare for his job interview.

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