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May 23, 2013

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has All-Star kickoff

Program offers professional development opportunities to students nationwide

“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization.”

Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2013) — With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.

“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college.”

Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR’s partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.

NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year’s class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.

The 2013 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., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.

The 2013 NDIP class includes the following students from universities around the nation:

Organization Intern Name University Hometown
NASCAR Industry Services Rachel Almario Clayton State University McDonough, Ga.
NASCAR HR Cameron Joe Davidson College Charlotte, N.C.
NASCAR MG Engineering Cameron McCarty* North Carolina State University Jackson, Miss.
NASCAR R&D Brian Lee* Purdue University Tysons Corner, Va.
NASCAR Diversity Antoinette Diaz University of West Georgia Carrollton, Ga.
NASCAR Racing Operations Paige Sanchez Embry-Riddle Houston, Texas
NASCAR Foundation Lauren Houston University of North Carolina Fayetteville, N.C.
NASCAR B&C Marketing Marco Sanchez Georgia State University Norcross, Ga.
NASCAR Digital Media Melia Sigmon High Point University Denver, N.C.
NASCAR Broadcasting Victoria Garcia Southeastern University Miami, Fla.
NASCAR IMC Kelsey Nelson University of Maryland Germantown, Md.
NASCAR IMC Sunghwan Kim Syracuse University Louisville, Ky.
NASCAR Team Properties Lorena Robles Full Sail University San Juan, P.R.
NASCAR Public Affairs Robert Harbour* Florida State University Pensacola, Fla.
Taylor Strategy Edgar Veliz University of Houston Houston, Texas
Octagon Jusan Hamilton* Ithaca College Ithaca, N.Y.
ALMS (Georgia) Dontavius Allen Georgia State University Griffin, Ga.
DIS Evanna Howell Winston-Salem State University Malden, Mass.
Rev Racing Pedro Mojica* University of Texas – San Antonio Killeen, Texas


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