Diversity internship begins ninth year

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Enters Ninth Year DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 2, 2008) -- Seventeen students from across the country were selected to participate in the 2008 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program. The program, which begins today,...

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Enters Ninth Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 2, 2008) -- Seventeen students from across the country were selected to participate in the 2008 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program. The program, which begins today, gives minority college students the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship within the NASCAR industry.

"The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has introduced dozens of students from diverse backgrounds to professional opportunities in NASCAR," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR Managing Director of Public Affairs, who oversees the diversity department. Participation in the program has led to full-time positions in the industry for a number of past interns.

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program features internships offered by NASCAR offices, sponsors, licensees, teams, tracks and broadcast partners. In addition to NASCAR corporate offices in Daytona Beach, Charlotte, New York and Los Angeles, the following companies are participating in 2008: Brandsense Partners, Daytona International Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports, Images USA, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), JHE Production Group, Just Marketing International, Motorsports Authentics, Octagon, Roush Fenway Racing, SPEED (FOX Entertainment Group) and The Specialized Marketing Group.

The current intern class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The group visited the NASCAR Speedpark in Concord Mills, NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, toured Dale Earnhardt Incorporated facilities, attended the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. In addition, the group met with NASCAR President Mike Helton.

Over 150 students have participated in the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program since its inception in 2000. These interns have gained experience working in marketing, engineering, public relations, licensing and various other areas. Each year, the internships are available to college juniors, seniors and graduate students across the country. To be eligible, students must be in good standing with their school and community and must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

In addition to the internship program, NASCAR awards diversity scholarships in tribute to NASCAR legend Wendell Scott, has an at-track diversity mentorship program and a college tour that visits historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.

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2008 Class

Student and Hometown                    School   Internship
Robert Braswell(Newport News, Va.)      North Carolina Agricultural State University    SPEED
Tyler Cheatham (West Palm Beach, Fla.)  Florida A&M University                          JHE Production Group
Zena Conway (Raleigh, N.C.)             Johnson C. Smith University                     NASCAR Diversity Affairs (Daytona Beach)
Brittney Eustache (Houston, Texas)      North Carolina State University                 Roush Fenway Racing
Chris Garcy (Queens, N.Y.)              Florida International University                ISC
Allison Gordon (Denver, Colo.)          Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University    Daytona International Speedway
Amanda Hauck (Rockaway, N.J.)           The College of New Jersey                       NASCAR Partnership/Corporate Marketing (New York)
De'Marcus Miller (Charlotte, N.C.)      High Point University                           NASCAR Licensing (Charlotte)
Mariel Moorer (East Lansing, Mich.)     University of Michigan                          NASCAR Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Merle Pearce (Durant, Okla.)            Oklahoma State University                       Hendrick Motorsports
Michael Press (Mount Vernon, N.Y.)      Johnson C. Smith University                     Motorsports Authentics
Kris Rincon (Canyon Country, Calif.)    University of Arizona                           Brandsense Partners
Joshlyn Ross (Oakland, Calif.)          Clark Atlanta University                        Images USA
Donald Rouse (Goldsboro, N.C.)          Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte Campus)   Octagon
Derek Russell (Lake Zurich, Ill.)       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign      The Specialized Marketing Group
Mary Shen (Kapolei, Hawaii)             University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School  ust Marketing International
Gabriel Thomas (Charlotte, N.C.)        Virginia State University                       Motorsports Authentics

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Mike Helton , Wendell Scott
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Roush Fenway Racing