NASCAR has announced the newest class of interns for its Diversity Internship Program for 2019. The 28 undergraduate and graduate students began their orientation on May 16, 2019 which included a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Motor Speedway and other racing venues. They also got to see the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race live.
The 2019 batch includes Rocco Babun, Savanna Samuels, Lucia Zapata, Lawrence McMillion II and Aditya Baban Ghawre. These interns will be able to work and interact with industry professionals, have access to mentors and experience working at NASCAR and program partners including MRN, Toyota and International Speedway Corp.
Several former interns now work in the NASCAR industry, including Jusan Hamilton who was the first African American to become race director for a NASCAR national series event, Kenneth Lee who is an associate producer for Motor Racing Network in North Carolina and Katherine Lee who organizes special events such as the NASCAR Fuel for Business and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards.
The program is open to sophomore, junior, senior and graduate-level multicultural college students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.