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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty-eight talented collegiate students from across the country participated in the 2017 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). Among the stand-outs are current and former students who have attended HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Cabrell Cooper, Dejah Gilliam, Gregory Carty, Kenneth Lee, Precious Makuyana, and Ronald Alexander. These students hail from five different HBCUs - Delaware State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Winston-Salem State University, Tuskegee University, and Florida A&M University respectively.
The group has a plethora of talent spread across various departments and partners throughout the NASCAR industry including NASCAR Productions, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, Roush Fenway Racing, The NASCAR Foundation and International Speedway Corporation.
Cooper is a recent graduate of Delaware State University where he obtained a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in TV & Film. He has substantial background in multimedia journalism as a student government photographer at Delaware State. His participation in the 2016 NASCAR Opinion Leader Program at Dover International Speedway led him to create compelling content about the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and other multicultural development initiatives. He is currently interning in Charlotte with the NASCAR Productions Engineering team.
Gilliam completed her undergraduate degree at Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She has had several internship opportunities in the world of sports including working with the CIAA Basketball Tournament and the Buffalo Bills. She is currently interning in the Charlotte office with NASCAR’s Integrated Marketing Communications team.
Carty completed his undergraduate degree at Winston-Salem State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He is now enrolled at Old Dominion University pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Sports Management. In his third year of participating in the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, Carty currently interns with Roush Fenway Racing in Concord, NC. Carty previously worked with NASCAR Industry Services and NASCAR Licensing.
Lee completed his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University as one of four graduates to obtain a degree in Communications, the first graduates of that degree program. He has had several opportunities in sports media ranging from being the sports writer for Tuskegee’s Campus Digest to Tuskegee Athletic Communications gameday assistant. He is interning with The NASCAR Foundation in Marketing and Communications.
Makuyana is currently attending Florida A&M University College of Law where she is in pursuit of her Juris Doctorate degree. As the International Speedway Corporation legal intern, Makuyana works on corporate contracts, risk analysis and various research projects. The Zimbabwe native has interned at several agencies and legal firms and hopes to work in motorsports full-time after completing her law program.
Alexander recently graduated from Winston-Salem State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management. He has had several opportunities in the realm of sports management ranging from a Sports Marketing Internship at Wake Forest to being a gameday assistant at Winston-Salem State University. He is currently interning with the International Speedway Corporation in the Partnership Sales and Marketing department.
NASCAR’s 10-week paid internship offers college students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within their fields of study and has led to full-time employment with NASCAR and partnering organizations. Gaining access to bright students, like the record six HBCU students, is a testament to the multicultural development at NASCAR and has been instrumental in the success of the NDIP program. Applications for the 2018 internship open on October 13, 2017 at www.nascardiversity.com.