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U.Md. Student on Fast Track to Success with NASCAR

WI Web Staff | 5/23/2013, 4:23 p.m.
A driver participates in a safety exercise during the fourth Driver Development camp at the Roger Peart Driving School in Puebla, Mexico, in January. NASCAR Diversity Affairs co-hosted the camp with the Mexican Organization of International Auto Racing. (Courtesy of nascardiversity.com)

A University of Maryland student has been selected by NASCAR for a paid summer internship as part of a program aimed at cultivating diversity within the racing giant's ranks.

Kelsey Nelson of Germantown, Md., a broadcast journalism major at College Park, is one of 19 students chosen for the 10-week assignment through NASCAR's Diversity Internship Program (NDIP), which began in 2000.

After an orientation session last weekend during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the students will be deployed to various locations throughout the nation for the summer, working for the organization and its affiliates in a variety of positions including broadcasting, communications, public relations and marketing.

"Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR's vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. "For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college."