NASCAR Diversity Internship Program welcomes intern class of 2021

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NASCAR Diversity Internship Program welcomes intern class of 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 24, 2021) — Earlier this month, the NASCAR industry welcomed 22 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country to begin the 10-week NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) — the sport‘s longest-running diversity initiative.

The industry-wide program offers students of color hands-on experience as well as the opportunity to network with and learn from executive leaders across one of the largest professional sports industries. This year‘s class has been placed in paid internship roles across various NASCAR departments, 23XI Racing, Rev Racing and CSM Production.

“For more than 20 years, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has provided a critical foundation for NASCAR‘s evolving and expanding diversity, equity and inclusion platform,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, who in June 2020 became the first NDIP alum appointed to an officer role at the sanctioning body.

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“These internships create opportunities for young, diverse talent to be exposed to NASCAR and learn about the sport, but they‘re also filling a pipeline as we continue to diversify the broader industry workforce.”

This year‘s NDIP class is the first since 2019 after the program was canceled last year due to the impact of COVID-19. Roles will allow interns to apply concepts learned in school while expanding their knowledge working closely with talented professionals from the motorsports community.

The program will culminate in August as the interns return to school or pursue full-time roles within NASCAR or across other industries. Of the more than 400 interns that have participated since 2000, many were offered full-time employment following their internships and to this day NDIP alums continue to make significant contributions to the sport.

The sanctioning body employs several former interns including Kathryn Lee, Director, Marketing Activation; Marvin Aylor, Director, Partnership Marketing; Jusan Hamilton, Director, Racing Operations & Event Management; Erica Wilkerson, Manager, Youth & Multicultural Marketing, Jasmine Neely, Manager, Industry Communications and Victoria Garcia, Associate Producer.

Throughout the summer, NDIP interns will collaborate on group projects and have access to mentors, former interns and lunch-and-learn sessions hosted by NASCAR executives.

The following students have been selected to the 2021 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class:

Intern Name

Department Name

School

Adrienne E. Washington

NASCAR Legal

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Amanda Arnold

NASCAR Editorial Content

Arkansas State University

Austin Pruitt

NASCAR Licensing

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Diamond K. Evans

NASCAR National Sales

Bowie State University

Gerald Taylor

NASCAR Diversity & Inclusion

Virginia State University

Giovanni Pieve

NASCAR Sourcing & Procurement

Arizona State University

Harold Velasquez

CSM Production

High Point University

Iris Wright

NASCAR Youth & Multicultural Marketing

North Carolina State University

Isha Shafqat

NASCAR Data Strategy

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jazz Warren

NASCAR Communications

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jeff Jin

NASCAR International Business

New York University

Joshua Pena

NASCAR Track Marketing

Western Michigan University

Joshua Sky

NASCAR Weekly Racing Operations

Syracuse University

Kamron Philpart

NASCAR Contingency Sales

University of Central Florida

Kelly Leang

NASCAR Foundation

Elon University

Kelvin Jones

NASCAR Legal

Howard University School of Law

Korn Supatrabutra

NASCAR Research & Insights

Michigan State University

Lukas Rubio

NASCAR Brand & Driver Marketing

SUNY Cortland

Noah Cornelius

Rev Racing

Appalachian State University

Oscar Cabanas

NASCAR Public Affairs

Nova Southeastern University School of Law

Savannah Hillmeyer

NASCAR International Business

University of South Carolina

Yuki Chiang

23XI Racing

University of Massachusetts Amherst