Morgantown native Tara Hanson is spending this summer in Des Moines, Iowa, where she\u2019s\u00a0\u00a0 an\u00a0 intern with the Chicago Cubs\u2019 Class AAA minor-league team in Iowa.\r\n\r\n\u201cInterning with the Iowa Cubs has been a wonderful experience,\u201d she said. \u201cI am working in the stadium operations department, which gives you an outlook on how to properly run a successful stadium. As an intern you learn about everything from dealing with promotions and sponsorships to even learning the basics of washing the stands and other \u2018you-think-easy\u2019 tasks.\u201d\r\n\r\nOnce school resumes in the fall, Hanson will be working at the Buffalo Bills ticket office.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am stoked to work for the Bills,\u201d she said. \u201cI will be working part-time in the ticketing office for any and all events going on at New Era Field.\u201d\r\n\r\nSchool is Niagara University\u00a0 in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. Hanson\u00a0 is a grad student\u00a0 studying sports management. Her undergraduate degree was in accounting from Shepherd University.\r\n\r\nA 2013 graduate of Morgantown High School, played softball and golf for years. She was offered scholarships for both sports and chose to go to Shephard for softball. Ironically, she turned down a golf scholarship to Niagara because she didn\u2019t think she was ready to be that far from home.\r\n\r\nShe said she applied to three graduate schools: Niagara, WVU and Georgetown, expecting to go to WVU. Niagara and Georgetown accepted her first and she decided on Niagara because of the expense of Georgetown.\r\n\r\n\u201cBills games are a big-time version of WVU games. I got to attend the \u201cSnow Game\u201d last year against the Indianapolis Colts where we couldn\u2019t see anything in the stadium except for the people who were snowplowing the lines. It will be exciting to see how all of that plays out from an employee outlook, but I\u2019m always ready for a challenge.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd what is Buffalo like?\r\n\r\n\u201cBuffalo is cold,\u201d Hanson said. \u201cI love it though. The city is very up-and-coming and is almost as if it forgot that it was a bigger city.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve loved experiencing living in a town with multiple professional sports teams and being able to compare that to growing up in a college town. There are so many great opportunities that I have been able to jump on up in Buffalo.\u201d\r\n\r\nHanson expects to graduate in December.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am hoping to obtain a full-time position with the Bills eventually, and also attend winter meetings for the MLB to get my resume out within that part of the industry,\u201d she said. \u201cI would love to end up working for the PGA Tour in hindsight, but we will have to see where the future takes me.\u201d\r\n\r\nHanson comes from an athletic family. Her younger brother, Torin played a key role in helping the MHS basketball team go undefeated and win the 2016 state championship. Her older brother Travis played golf at West Virginia Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Ken and Karen Hanson.