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June 25, 2021

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