Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Miranda Chiarella & Nathaniel Zogby

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Miranda Chiarella is pursuing her degree in Business Administration at SUNY Geneseo. She works in the Economic Development – Power Contract department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Business Administration, with minors in finance and mathematics. I picked my major and minors because they allow me to pursue a career where I am able to combine my interests of working with others on a team, as well as working with numbers, simultaneously.

I am most passionate about learning the ins and outs of the different programs offered here as NYPA as well as the different responsibilities of the analysts in the Power Contracts department. I am hoping to get involved with the hydro curtailment process, as well as the renewal of contracts.

One unexpected challenge I have encountered so far during my time here at NYPA is picking up on the jargon. Although I was expecting there to be some technical business terms I would be unfamiliar with, I was unaware of how many different terms and acronyms I would be unfamiliar with pertaining to the different programs that NYPA offers.

I am hoping to sharpen my skills on Excel, as well as my public speaking skills during my time here. I will create value while interning at NYPA by staying focused on my tasks, and asking as many questions as I can.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated, passionate, and caring.


Nathaniel Zogby  Intern Profile Series Picture 3Nathaniel Zogby is pursuing his degree in Computer Science at SUNY University at Buffalo. He works in our Economic Development – Business Marketing department in the White Plains office. 

I’m majoring in Computer Science. I’d grown up learning how to code and found many diverse interests in the skyrocketing evolution of computers and how that fits in with everyday people.

I am most passionate about how our data is used to spark changes which supply mutual benefits between both NYPA and its clients. I hope to be able to work on projects which enable me to contribute to the progressive nature of NYPA’s energy efficiency goals.

The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is figuring out ways to break down and communicate complex ideas so that everyone in your group is able to explicitly map component solutions to the problem at hand. I hope to improve my communication, problem solving, and Excel and general Microsoft Office proficiency skills.

By offering as much time as I can to learn and apply all the skills necessary to accomplish NYPA’s goal of optimizing energy efficiency, I will be able to provide value to the organization. My best friend would describe me probably as a laid back nerd who lives an odd, yet diverse lifestyle.

 

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Life of a Lightbulb

Life of a Lightbulb: SUNY University at Buffalo

Who’s up for a game of football? I know I am. It’s Leddy the LED lightbulb again!

This time, my friends and I are at SUNY Buffalo’s 31,000-seat football stadium. We worked with our friends at NYPA to help give them a new lighting system, including new, energy-efficient lights. Their lighting controls now allow for three different levels of lighting. Level 1 is used during practice, when less light is needed. Level 2 is used for non-broadcasted games, where Level 3 is extra-bright for HD broadcasting enhancement. Their lighting upgrades will help cut over 3,500 tons of greenhouses gases per year from the environment. (Personally, I like Level 3 so I can watch it on TV!)

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Thomas Marino


New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Thomas Marino attends SUNY University at Buffalo, pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He works in the Treasury Department at the White Plains Office.

My internship at NYPA has been a very valuable learning experience. I have had the opportunity to work with the Treasury Department, which has taught me about various aspects of finance in the Energy industry.

I’ve also gained exposure to valuable financial tools, such as Bloomberg, which is utilized when purchasing and selling authorized securities, pricing counterparty collateral, evaluating counterparty and securities credit ratings, and monitoring market news and economic data.

The Treasury Department currently has six active RFPs (Request for Proposals) outstanding. I have been supporting the Deputy Treasurer in looking for potential Transition Managers for future bond deals; I am responsible for reviewing proposals and coordinating the review process between Treasury, Procurement, and the Authority’s Financial Advisor. Additionally, I have helped the Treasurer with the four responses to RFPs for an Independent Swap Advisor for NYPA.

In accordance with the Authority’s Energy Commodity and Credit Risk Management procedures, all counterparty statements need to be verified. I am responsible for the verification process and for sending out notifications with regards to the counterparties who settle transactions via the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

Outside of school, I enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people. I appreciate the education my internship has given me to date and look forward to learning more over the rest of the summer.

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Summer Intern Series: Matthew Clyne

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Matthew Clyne is a senior at the University of Buffalo pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He works with the Business Controls Group at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working with the Business Controls Group to organize and maintain NYPA’s current policy and procedure system. We are also working to develop a new, more efficient electronic document management system. To assist the team, I am designing spreadsheets and databases to analyze documents. These programs contribute to the department’s efforts in making NYPA’s policy and procedure system more consistent.

Prior to my work at NYPA, I felt that I had a good understanding of how a company functions. My work with the Business Controls Group has exposed me to numerous departments in the company, and has showed me that our organization is much more integral than I ever imagined. Each department, in some way, relies on one another.

I enjoy spending my free time in the outdoors. I like to hike, fish, hunt, mountain bike, camp and snowboard. I also enjoy traveling. After I complete my internship at NYPA I plan on taking a road trip with a few of my friends to explore Boston, Acadia National Park, Quebec City and Montreal.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Michael Kirschenheiter

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Michael Kirschenheiter is a senior at SUNY Buffalo pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Department at the Niagara Power Project.

The focus of my work at NYPA is to support plant operation and maintenance. This includes designing, planning, setting up work orders, submitting purchase requisitions and working with various engineering or technician outfits to achieve a common goal.

I am currently working on many HVAC projects such as redesigning existing pipe supports and designing a pipe structure for an existing oil-water regulator so that it will adhere to OSHA’s changing safety regulations. These tasks are fitting because I have prior experience as a plumber and HVAC technician; I am now able to design systems that I once installed.

These current projects give me a new perspective on the project that I’ve worked on in the past, not only from a design standpoint but also from a logistical perspective: all the design, material, and labor has to come together at a single time from multiple sources to achieve a singular goal. It is a rewarding experience working with engineers, technicians, vendors, suppliers, and outside firms to see a project completed from start to finish. Having the logistical capability to gather all the required information before a project begins is often very difficult and is not something taught in class.

The Niagara Power Project is an expansive engineering marvel and there is still much for me to learn, as my internship has only just begun. I look forward to the remainder of the internship and the remaining guidance the fellow engineers and NYPA staff can give me.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Tim White

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Tim White is a senior at SUNY Buffalo State University pursuing his degree in Industrial Technology. He works in the Transmission Department at the Massena Substation.

As an intern, I am faced with many exciting and challenging tasks. In the Transmission Department, our goal is to oversee the transmission of the electrical current generated from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. Whether through having me help plan a new structural design or simply maintaining our current assets, my coworkers have allowed me to play a key role in everyday objectives. I am currently tasked with inspecting different distribution and transmission lines to create documentation that will eventually be referenced by all of NYPA.

Day one of a job can be very nerve-racking. You are entering a completely new atmosphere with a certain amount of pressure on yourself to succeed. Thankfully, everyone here in Transmission has been very welcoming; I have found my coworkers to be very knowledgeable and helpful, even throughout my constant bombardment of questions. I would like to give a special thanks to my mentor Jordi Parisian for guiding me in my quest to become an engineer.

Having grown up in the North Country, I am an avid fan of everything outdoors, such as fishing year-round and being anywhere near water all summer. But my biggest passion lies in the bitterly cold months of winter – snowmobiling has provided me with some of my earliest memories and will always remain my favorite hobby.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Priyanka R. Kulkarni

2014-07-01 22.34.15The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Priyanka R. Kulkarni attends SUNY Buffalo, pursuing her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Computer Networking. She currently works in the IT department as an Application Design & Developmental Intern in the Niagara Office.

“It’s midway through the internship and I feel delighted and privileged to be working at NYPA. After I joined, I was told I would be working on the Windows platform, which I had never worked on before, and I had uncertainties on how I would perform.

Fortunately, my mentor guided me well in a step-by-step approach that helped me learn and adapt to these new areas without hurdles. I spent my initial time in research and training to equip myself with IT development procedures and techniques. I was later involved in the enhancement of features for Safety Incident Prevention and Notification Application.

Currently, I am working on improving the format of automated emails issued by the system. Moving forwards, I will be involved in developing an application supporting the Research and Development group with monitoring select transmission devices across the state.

I took a tour of the power project and was impressed with the structure of it. Every day is a new challenge and I look forward to the rest of the journey with the hope to make a difference at NYPA.”

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