NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Announces 2019 Class

16 May 2019
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As NASCAR® and its fans prepare to celebrate 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the industry will welcome today the newest class of interns selected to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP).

Twenty-eight undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the country will begin orientation today in Charlotte and participate in a motorsports tour that will include Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the other racing venues in and around the city.

On Saturday, May 19, the new intern class will experience the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90) live from Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s brightest stars compete for $1 million in prize money.

“For many, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provides an introduction to motorsports as well as valuable, hands-on experience in an industry rich with opportunity,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “As we welcome each new class, we’re reminded of the many careers launched by this program and the positive impact our graduates continue to have on the sport.”

One of the premier internships in sports, NDIP offers college students from diverse backgrounds a unique and practical experience in the motorsports industry. More than 400 students and several industry partners have participated in NDIP since its inception in 2000.

Twenty-four former interns are currently employed in the NASCAR industry. The list includes Jusan Hamilton, who in 2017 became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event. In addition to his race director responsibilities, Hamilton oversees the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and pit crew development programs.

Brandon Thompson, a 15-year NASCAR industry veteran, completed NDIP internships in 2003 and 2004 in between semesters at Clark Atlanta University. Thompson now runs the Touring Series for NASCAR as managing director.

Katherine Lee, another NDIP alum, works on the events team at NASCAR and organizes high-profile events such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Fuel for Business events. In 2017, Dejah Gilliam was a communications intern at NASCAR and now, as a fulltime member of the team, supports industry initiatives across several teams and tracks.  

Maryland native Kenneth Lee was part of last year’s NDIP class, and following his internship was hired as an associate producer for Motor Racing Network (MRN) in Concord, N.C. As part of orientation on Friday, Lee will give the new interns a tour of MRN studios.

The 2019 NDIP class will have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry which include International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Toyota, MRN and several tracks and teams.

Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals at an array of networking events and lunch-and-learns led by NASCAR executives. The interns will also have access to mentors and NDIP alumni currently working at the sanctioning body and partner organizations.

NDIP is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate-level college students and offers hands-on experience with one of the top sports industries in the country. The internship provides opportunities to multicultural students from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

The 2019 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class includes:

Name

Department

University

Rocco Babun

NASCAR Partnership Marketing

Elon University

Evelis Casey

Watkins Glen International

Loyola University Maryland

Gerald Donaldson

NASCAR Graphic Design

Clemson University

Carlos Fernandez

NASCAR Finance

University of Vermont

Aditya Baban Ghawre

NASCAR Research & Development

North Carolina State University

Dontre Graves

Rev Racing

Jackson State University

Wesley Hopkins

Roush Fenway Racing

University of Connecticut

John Huger Jr.

ISC Partnership Marketing & Sales

Bethune-Cookman University

MaKenzie Johnson

Toyota

Claflin University

Suzi Lee

NASCAR Licensing

California State University, Fullerton

Lawrence McMillion II

Richmond Raceway

Virginia State University

Jordan Mitchell

NASCAR Driver Marketing

University of Tulsa

Sean Montgomery

NASCAR Digital Content

Georgia College

Kylee Morgan

Richard Childress Racing

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Seth Myers

ISC Legal

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Julia Nowicki

ISC Digital Communications

Syracuse University

Monon Rahman

NASCAR Research & Development

University of Kentucky

Lukens Rivil

NASCAR Legal

Florida A&M University College of Law

Savanna Samuels

NASCAR International Broadcasting

Howard University

Justin Sifford

NASCAR Technical Inspection

NASCAR Technical Institute

Isabella Sisneros

Daytona International Speedway

Arizona State University

Jai Hyun So

NASCAR Analytics & Insights

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cora Taft

ISC Sales Academy

Georgetown University

Avery Oliver

The NASCAR Foundation

Rhodes College

Charles Tsao

Michigan International Speedway

University of Michigan

Tanvee Wakankar

NASCAR Digital Media

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Williams

NASCAR Communications

Towson University

Lucia Zapata

NASCAR Growth Segments

University of Central Florida

NASCAR PR

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