This summer, Sheereen Ibtesam is working remotely as a paid summer intern for Rail~Volution’s Information Exchange program. The Information Exchange focuses on providing resources to the Rail~Volution network throughout the year. This includes the Rail~Volution podcasts, webinars, blog posts and online resources. Sheereen’s main project is to research and update a spreadsheet of federal grant opportunities. We hope to be able to share it later this year.
We asked Sheereen to share a little about herself. Here’s what she said. Welcome, Sheereen – and thank you for your work!
Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Texas San Antonio, with a focus on Environment, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning. I’ve always had an interest in how public transit can help shape and connect communities, and helps promote environmental sustainability.
I was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, a small historic island off the Gulf Coast, and lived most of my years by the beach. My parents are originally from West Bengal, India. My favorite memories of Galveston include riding the trolley on the tracks— and seeing the trolley roll by Seawall Boulevard.
I moved to Dallas for college and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Political Economy. During my undergrad years, I’d often take the university bus to the station to ride the DART light rail to the Dallas Stars ice hockey games in downtown Dallas. I also interned with The Borgen Project, a nonprofit focused on combating global poverty by advocating for humanitarian aid.
After college, I moved down to the Texas Hill Country and lived in Austin for a year, working with the Parks and Recreation department on youth programs.
My interests include playing musical instruments (such as keyboard and guitar), traveling by train, riding my road bicycle, and trying new recipes to cook. A favorite dish is avocado cream and zucchini noodles. I speak other languages such as Bengali, as well as some conversational French.