Bethune-Cookman Graduate Selected for Popular NASCAR Diversity Internship Program
Jasmine Lewis, a recent graduate from B-CU, competed among hundreds of students from across the United States and internationally, for a position with the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). Ms. Lewis was one of the top 26 students that stood out to the NASCAR executives; and she was offered an internship at the Daytona International Speedway in guest services assisting with events and logistics. “I didn’t realize how competitive the internship was,” said Jasmine. “I went through six interviews and the supervisors placed me where they thought my skills would be best utilized.” Lewis graduated from B-CU in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialty in public relations and Advertising.
When asked how she found out about the opportunity, Jasmine shared “a friend of mine participated last year and she told me how much experience she received during the program.” The NDIP is a 10-week paid hands-on learning program that pairs college students with their desired career focus. “I learned a lot from interning with NASCAR,” Jasmine said. “It was a ton of hours to work each week during event times, but overall it was a great experience and I learned a lot about the motor sports industry and NASCAR,” she stated.
More than 300 students who have participated in the NDIP receive job offers from their experience with NASCAR and its partners. “My goal is to pursue a career working for a sports organization in their legal department as a legal counsel overseeing contracts and eventually starting my own sporting events company,” Lewis said. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in entertainment business and sports management from Full Sail University and a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central.
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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.