The NASCAR industry has announced 22 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country will 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.
“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.”
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 who 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 following students have been selected to the 2021 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class:
|Intern Name||Department Name||School|
|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 Mktg.||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|
For more information: nascar.com.