Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Intern Profile on Sheri Alzeerah

It’s hard to place someone like Sheri Alzeerah into simple categories.

Laid-back L.A. or fast-paced New York?  Alzeerah has interned on—and loves—both coasts: “People are always like, ‘You're one or the other,’ but I feel like no, why do you have to be? I’d be happy in either!”
Print or broadcast journalism? The University of Texas at Austin senior is double majoring in both magazine journalism and Radio, Television, Film. In the future, she dreams of either hosting a travel television show or editing a print food magazine.

Cultural background? Well, "it's a long story..." Alzeerah laughs. Her mother's side is a mix of Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish, while her father is both Iranian and Bahraini. She was born in Canada, but grew up in Texas.

Check out her recent blog post, and you’ll see Alzeerah is truly making the most of the time in her new city—especially when it comes to zoning in on New York’s many gastronomic treasures. (She rattles off restaurant recommendations like a New Yorker who's been here far longer than the six weeks Alzeerah has called the city home.)

With this in mind, it’s clear the Texan was aptly placed at Reader's Digest—not only was her first clip food focused (with 1,343 Facebook “Likes,” and counting (!)), but her "super nice" boss cooks weekly lunches for the interns (the jambalaya and paella were apparently big hits).

And, for a student concentrating in both print and digital reporting, Alzeerah is thrilled she has an internship that allows her to dabble in both: "All these skills I never would have expected to get at a print issue, I'm getting at Reader’s Digest, which is great," Alzeerah says, referring to her experience in building web slideshows and converting print layouts to iPad format.

Alzeerah has been eagerly striving towards an ASME internship since her freshman year; so far, she has not been disappointed: “I honestly don’t have a single complaint.”

Later, however, Alzeerah concedes: “I just hate that it’s going by so fast. I guess that’s the only thing I hate about New York—the time flies."

-Anna Williams, ASME Intern, New York University

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