DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Seventeen of our nation’s most talented students have been selected to participate in the 2012 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The NDIP gives multicultural college students the opportunity to complete 10-week, paid summer internships across the NASCAR industry.
"Initiative Connects Talented Diverse Students With Motorsports Industry"
Since its inception in 2000, NDIP interns have gained experience working in marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. Each year, the internships are available to college sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who excel in their school and community and have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average.
“NASCAR’s Diversity Internship Program offers real-world work experience to multicultural college students who otherwise might not have this opportunity,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “NASCAR is proud of its commitment to diversity and growing the sport through this important program.”
The NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the industry by offering internships within NASCAR offices and those of teams, tracks and broadcast partners. In addition to the NASCAR and GRAND-AM corporate offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C. and New York, 2012 interns are participating in companies across the industry: Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Catalyst Public Relations and Octagon.
The current intern class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The group visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NASCAR Productions offices, Roush Fenway Racing, the Sam Bass NASCAR Art Gallery, Rev Racing headquarters, attended the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In addition, the group met with a number of key people in the industry including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, crew members and NASCAR executives. The visit was designed to bring the interns together as a class to learn what will be expected of them before they disperse to their various assignments for the summer.
To learn more about NASCAR, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Programs and other diverse initiatives log onto: www.nascardiversity.com.
NASCAR Diversity Internship Program 2012 Students
Last Name First Name Department School Hometown
Bejarano Andrea Integrated Marketing Comm. University of Central Florida Bogota, Colombia
Boisseau Che Octagon Virginia State University Richmond, VA
Botella Julian Xavier DIS, Guest Services University of North Florida Palm Coast, FL
Casselle Justin R. Catalyst, PR Xavier University Elyria, OH
Hamilton Jusan M. Racing Operations Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
Harbour Robert Public Affairs Florida State University Pensacola, FL
Harris Carla Member Services Virginia State University Gainesville, VA
Houston Stacey Marketing & Media Davidson College Lynchburg, VA
Jones Perron D. Information Technology Georgia Institute of Technology Augusta, GA
King Jenise Licensing Howard University Atlanta, GA
Lee Brian R&D Purdue University Vienna, VA
McCarty Cameron Engineering North Carolina State University Jackson, MS
Mojica Pedro R&D Center University of Texas at San Antonio Killeen, TX
Richter Anna Foundation Winthrop University Greenville, SC
Sanford Alisha Jo Diversity Affairs Barry University (Undergraduate); Texas A&M University (Graduate) Columbia, MD
Scott, IV Clarence A. Industry Marketing Baker University St. Petersburg, FL
Walker Vernon Automotive Group University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL