Hundreds applied, but two Bethune-Cookman University students were awarded internships with the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program.
John Huger, Jr. and Krislyn Hart obtained the internships, joining 28 others selected from across the country.
Mr. Huger, a Daytona Beach resident, will be a senior in the fall, majoring in mass communication/ journalism. He is interning ISC in partnership marketing and sales.
“This internship means a lot to me, working with International Speedway Corp. alongside NASCAR, he said. “I kind of look at it as a dream come true, also knowing that thousands of other young professionals applied for this internship and I was one of the few in the country that was selected. That’s a blessing in itself.”
NDIP is one of the premier internships in sports, according to an email from Mia Williams of integrated marketing communications at NASCAR. The program, which began in 2000, provides an opportunity for college students of diverse backgrounds to gain hands-on experience in the motorsports industry.
NDIP participants take on roles in different divisions of NASCAR from business and engineering to broadcasting and communications, according to Ms. Williams. “Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals and gain access to mentors while gaining practical experience in their respective fields.”
The program welcomed 30 students this year who all have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry, including International Speedway Corp., Toyota, Motor Racing Network and several tracks.
The 2019 class consists of top students from various universities across the U.S., each intern bringing a unique set of talent and expertise to the organization, Ms. Williams stated. “With the NASCAR season in full swing, the interns have a great opportunity to experience NASCAR in its entirety.”
The internship is giving Mr. Huger real-life experience in the sports industry, he said. “It is offering me so many great opportunities, so I am really cherishing the moment. Growing up here in Daytona, I was an instant fan (of NASCAR). Walking in my backyard while the race was going on, I could hear the engines from the cars. My grandfather, Dr. James Huger Sr., served on the Daytona International Speedway checkered flag committee. From that young age I noticed that NASCAR is different and that’s what really attracted me to it.”
Outside of NDIP, Mr. Huger is a sports writer for “Voice of Wildcats,” the B-CU student newspaper, and a member of Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership and Honor Society. He also works in the athletic department ticket office and is the Florida Assistant Director of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity.
He is passionate about sports and plays basketball regularly, he said. “I want to be one of the most versatile individuals in the sports industry.”
Ms. Hart, a Fort Lauderdale resident, will be a junior in the fall, majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is working at ISC in the human resources department.
“I am an HR intern, so I work with the HR department doing different things; employee appreciation, spreadsheets, benefits, worker’s comp,” she said. “I am also going to shadow marketing. Working with NASCAR so far has opened up doors and given me different opportunities to be involved with hands-on projects and problem solving. It also helps with my collaborative skills.”
She added “I used to play volleyball, but I just like all different types of sports. My passion is to be successful and grow and help others around me grow as well.”
Both interns were at the the speedway last weekend for the Monster Energy and XFINITY races.