The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) kicked off its 21st year hosting undergraduate and graduate students across the sport. This year‘s NDIP class includes interns from nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), multiple student-athletes and two returning NDIP alumni.
The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program is a 10-week program that offers hands-on experience across various roles in the motorsports industry. College students of color selected to participate network with industry executives and learn from experts in one of the largest professional sports industries.
“We‘re excited to welcome a new class of interns and students from diverse backgrounds who will be exposed to an incredible industry of professionals eager to showcase what our sport is all about,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, and the first NDIP alum to be elevated to an officer role at NASCAR. “NASCAR continues to evolve and the NDIP is one of several programs introducing younger and more diverse audiences to our sport. It‘s an important effort and we couldn‘t be more thrilled about our ‘22 class.”
NDIP was launched in 2000 and since then more than 500 college students have participated in the industry‘s longest-running diversity initiative. The program has grown to include several industry partners, providing career opportunities to various NDIP participants: 23XI Racing, General Motors, Hendrick Motorsports, RFK Racing, Rev Racing, RCR, Sonoma Raceway, World Wide Technology Raceway.
In addition to Thompson, the sanctioning body employs several former interns including Jusan Hamilton, Sr. Director, Racing Operations & Event Management; Kathryn Lee, Sr. Director, Marketing Activation; Marvin Aylor, Director, Partnership Marketing; Cole McGinnis, Sr. Manager, Licensing and Consumer Products; Greg Carty, Manager, Licensing and Consumer Products; Jason Simmons, Sr. Manager, International Operations & Strategy; Jordan Leatherman, Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion; Erica Wilkerson, Sr. Manager, Youth & Multicultural Marketing; Jazz Warren, Coordinator, Track Communications; Josh Pena, Coordinator, Event Experience; and Victoria Garcia, Associate Producer.
NDIP is open to college students representing the following races/ethnic minority classifications: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Latino or Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
The 2022 NASCAR Diversity Internship Class includes:
Intern NameDepartment NameSchoolAlexander CadavidRev RacingNorth Carolina State UniversityAmani GhonimNASCAR AerodynamicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaAriann TaylorNASCAR Digital Media InteractiveGeorgia State UniversityAustin DickeyIMSA MarketingUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBrian BakNASCAR Data StrategyChapman UniversityCamila SanchezNASCAR InternationalUniversity of Notre DameChardon MuckerNASCAR Sales AcademyPrairie View A&M UniversityChidera UdehNASCAR Diversity & InclusionUniversity of OklahomaChien-Hung TsaiNASCAR Strategy & InnovationTexas A&M UniversityDaniel CéspedesNASCAR Sports BettingDartmouth CollegeDeja DorseyNASCAR Content TeamUniversity of Southern CaliforniaDillon MarshallNASCAR Sales AcademyDelaware State UniversityFreddie AllenRoush Fenway Keselowski RacingHigh Point UniversityGiancarlo FuentesNASCAR Southeast Region, Track MarketingUniversity of FloridaIsha ShafqatNASCAR Competition TechnologyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteJack ChenThe NASCAR FoundationStevens Institute of TechnologyJanakinandan PemmasaniNASCAR FinanceUniversity of CincinnatiJiani BryantNASCAR ProductionsNorth Carolina A&T UniversityJimmil HawkinsMotor Racing NetworkColumbus State UniversityJoshua SkyNASCAR National SalesSyracuse UniversityKimberly BettyGeneral MotorsKettering UniversityMariette GervitzNASCAR Driver & Team MarketingGeorge Washington UniversityMarissa JonesWorld Wide Technology RacewayMaryville UniversityMaurice GrierNASCAR LegalHoward UniversityNajah Liggans23XI RacingSpelman CollegeNicholas TorresNASCAR Brand MarketingUniversity of Notre DamePhillip HallSonoma RacewaySt. John’s UniversityPrecious JohnsonNASCAR Human ResourcesFlorida A&M UniversityPrecious SullivanNASCAR Gaming & eSportsVirginia State UniversityRuben MohmeNASCAR Sourcing & ProcurementUniversity of Texas at Rio Grande ValleyRyan HernandezNASCAR CommunicationsUniversity of HoustonSarah HallHendrick MotorsportsFisk UniversityShemya StanbackRichard Childress RacingCatawba CollegeSusan WongNASCAR Social MediaArizona State UniversitySydney StuartNASCAR Multicultural & Youth MarketingHoward UniversityTrey GomezNASCAR CommunicationsTexas State University
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