At Automotive Addicts I tend to strive for excellence for those who follow me and my successful path in life as a publisher of this site and an entrepreneur. As an African American I have found that such a path that I’ve paved is one that’s not traveled often in America, and my darker face is found to be a rarity among those in the Automotive field. However, to help make a change and empower the next generations who have similar faces, I am proud to have helped push the needle forward for the recently-formed Black Automotive Media Group (BAMG) and their efforts to award students with Internships through the help of automotive companies such as Stellantis. Today I’m happy to share “progress” being made though North Carolina Central University Students Awarded Internships with Stellantis and the BAMG. Below is the full press release in detail outline the program and instructors.


Durham, NC – A unique opportunity has been created for HBCU students interested in covering or working in the automobile industry from a media, marketing, and business perspective. Dubbed The Driving Force (TDF), founding members of the Black Automotive Media Group (BAMG) recruited 15 scholars to participate in the 10-week, virtual, field internship, which incorporates mentoring sessions, writing classes, video and photography production, and media courses.

“We are excited that Stellantis and the Black Automotive Media Group have engaged with NCCU students in providing this unique opportunity,” said Keisha Williams, director of marketing/communications NCCU School of Business. “The exposure to industry received through this experience will be of great significance to both their professional and academic lives.”

TDF evolved following discussions between automakers and BAMG relating to increased programming for deserving but often neglected schools. While those conversations began to improve the diversity and inclusion of African American journalists covering the industry, an idea presented itself to help prepare the next generation of automotive media professionals. With four HBCU and auto manufacturer partnerships established, this fall’s collaboration connects Stellantis with North Carolina Central University (NCCU) enrollees from the School of Business and the Department of Mass Communications.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: North Carolina Central University Students Awarded Internships with Stellantis and the Black Automotive Media Group
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Published Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:11:42 +0000

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