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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Five of the 28 students selected for this year’s NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) are current or former collegiate athletes from across the country. This talented group of students, both on and off the field, participate in the 10-week, paid internship that targets multicultural undergraduate and graduate students interested in the motorsport industry.
The student-athletes selected demonstrate high academic and athletic standing in their respective schools and teams. The athletes are currently interning within various departments of NASCAR and industry partners such as: International Speedway Corporation, Toyota Automotive Technology and Watkins Glen International.
Bria Dixon: Soccer
Bria Dixon (Cary, N.C.) is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where she obtained a Public Relations degree. Dixon, a member of the Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Team all four years, reached the 2013 NCAA College Cup as a Final Four semifinalist. She was selected to the ACC’s Academic Honor Roll every year she was with the team. She currently interns with NASCAR’s Weekly and Touring series where she assists in day-to-day operations and event marketing services for the regional series. After the internship, Dixon hopes to land a full-time job within the sports industry.
Monica Matias: Tennis
Monica Matias (Moca, Puerto Rico), is a Human Communications rising senior at the University of Central Florida, and a two-time AAC All-Conference Tennis player for the UCF Knights. During the 2014-15 season she posted a 26-5 singles record, tying for the second-highest win total in school history. In addition, she is a three-time UCF Knights Tennis Team MVP and a three-time member of the Puerto Rico National Tennis Team. During the summer, Matias served as the ISC Public Affairs intern where she assisted with the day-to-day operations for her department. After the internship, she plans to complete her degree at UCF and continue on to graduate school.
Cambric Moye: Baseball
Cambric Moye (Goldsboro, N.C.), an Information Systems/Supply Chain Management major, played baseball at UNC-Greensboro from 2010-2013. During his time there, Moye’s talent caught the eye of professional scouts and was selected in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. The former UNCG standout played two seasons for the Los Angeles Angels’ Minor League team and was assigned for Spring Training with the Colorado Rockies. Today, Moye is a student and assistant baseball coach at UNCG while pursuing his degree. This summer, he is serving as the Toyota Logistics intern in Kentucky and hopes to land a full-time job with the company in the near future.
Justin Pintak: Soccer
Justin Pintak (Pullman, Wash.) is a rising senior at Ithaca College where he is pursuing an Integrated Marketing Communications degree with a minor in sports and legal studies. He is a member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team where he will serve as team captain for the 2017 season. Pintak, who shares alma mater with former NDIP intern and current NASCAR manager of Racing Operations and Event Management, Jusan Hamilton, serves as the Marketing intern for Watkins Glen International. After the internship, Justin will go back to school to complete his final year before searching for full-time employment.
Zane Smith: Football
Zane Smith (Southlake, Texas), a Mechanical Engineer major at Southern Methodist University, played linebacker for the SMU Mustangs for three seasons. While being part of the team, Smith earned Special Teams Player of the Week awards, SMU Athletics Academic Honor Role and was known for actively working on engineering homework on plane rides to away games. In addition to being a football standout, Smith is a motorscross racer in his spare time. This summer, he will be serving as an engineering intern for Toyota in Plano, Texas. After the internship, the Texas native would like to find a full-time engineering job with a NASCAR team.
For additional information on these student-athletes and/or the 2017 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, please contact Lauren Houston at email@example.com.