30 students from across the country are participating in NASCAR’s 2018 Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The initiative has been running for almost 2 decades with the latest cohort class being the largest in program history.
The purpose of the program is to expose students from diverse backgrounds to potential careers in NASCAR. Over the past few years, NASCAR has made a push to expand beyond its negative stereotypes and create an inclusive environment for all. The current class will partake in a 10 week paid internship program where they will connect with many facets of the sport.
According to NASCAR, some of the most notable NDIP alumni include “Brandon Thompson, managing director of the NASCAR Touring Series, and Jusan Hamilton, who last year became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event.”
The interns will also meet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver and NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Darrell Wallace Jr., the highest placing African-American driver in DAYTONA 500 history.