Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Gregory Spaulding & Zachary Hayes

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.


gregspauldingGregory Spaulding is pursuing his degree in Math and Philosophy at Columbia University. He works in the Customer Energy Solutions group in our White Plains office. 

I chose to major in Math and Philosophy because I wanted a degree doing something I enjoyed studying, while also being versatile in what I could do after school.

I’m most passionate about the process of enacting a project and how it benefits both NYPA and the customer. I’d like to be involved in projects where I can really see a difference between start and finish.

One unexpected challenge I’ve met is that I really haven’t had much involvement in my fields outside of the classroom, but I’ll add value by focusing on not only learning about the projects we do here, but also applying that knowledge to become more involved in each successive project..

 

My best friend would describe me as a bit quiet and stoic, but also understanding and enthusiastic.


zachhayesZachary Hayes is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He works in the Energy Services Implementation group, CUNY Division, in our White Plains office. 

I picked my major because it has a wide range of job opportunities. I’m most passionate about hands-on, large scale projects that utilize a variety of disciplines. For instance, having NYPA Engineers, construction contractors, electricians, HVAC technicians, and mechanics all working together. Some of the projects I hope to be involved in include ones related to power generation and distribution.

One of the biggest challenges in my field is the business aspect. You aren’t really prepared or given a heads-up to the business/paperwork side of engineering. I’d like to further develop my inter-personal and professional relationship-building skills. In general, however, I want to learn as much as I can to make me more desirable as a full time hire for companies.

I’ll deliver value to NYPA by working hard, maintaining focus and being available as a tool and resource for the members in my team. My best friend would describe me as independent, a little bit neat, and unique.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Stefanie Cerrone & Andrew Wu

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.


Stefanie Cerrone is currently attending the Elisabeth Haub School of Law (formerly Pace Law School). She works in our Legal Department in the White Plains office. 

I chose to attend law school because I hope to one day change some laws. I’m most passionate about learning and understanding how clean energy is generated while here at NYPA.

I am excited to work on relicensing projects and litigation matters.  The most challenging part of legal work is synthesizing the law and figuring out how a given fact pattern fits into it. I am hoping to sharpen my legal research and writing skills while interning at NYPA.

My best friends would describe me as hardworking, funny, and genuine.

 


Andrew Wu is currently a masters student at CUNY Baruch College. He works in the Program Strategy & Development group in our Customer Energy Solutions department out of the White Plains office.  

I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Quantitative Methods and Modeling. I chose it because I like maths, and this major is all about solving real world problems using quantitative methods.

My role at NYPA combines both technology skills and industry understandings. For example, when I work on projects such as Peak Load Management, I need to learn and understand both the tech side and the meaning of this project.

One of the bigger challenges I’ve had is understanding some words and acronyms that are new to me, such as PLM, NYISO, electricity surcharge, etc, so I will need to figure out the meaning of them in the context of the business that we are operating. As an international student, I hope I can enhance my communication skills during internship.

While at NYPA, I’ll provide value by remaining fully dedicated, and contribute my skills and previous industry knowledge into the work I do. My best friend would describe me as smart and hard-working. 

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Caitlin Sanchez & Sam Gladstone

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.


Caitlin Sanchez is a student pursuing her degree in Operations and Information Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She works in our Human Resources Department in our White Plains office. 

SanchezI am interested in learning the logistics involved in handling a business and its employees. Therefore, I plan to declare Operations and Info Management as my major this coming fall.

At NYPA, I have the privilege of learning how to manage the internal controls of NYPA and its employees. I am most passionate about gaining experience in the corporate world working for the nation’s largest public power organization. I am looking forward to taking part in various projects that will expand my knowledge of the systematization of the power industry and its use of energy efficiency.

While here, I hope to learn what the business world is like outside of the classroom. I know that the opportunity I have been given to see how all departments of this organization plays an integral role in working towards a common goal will be a truly rewarding experience.

Because NYPA is such a large organization, an unexpected challenge that I have encountered in my field is the immense amount of individuals that the Human Resources department is accountable for. Coordinating activities for such an extensive community can be quite difficult at times, but with the help of the supportive and cooperative HR team these tasks become manageable.

As a full time student, I am accustomed to doing my work in a self-efficient way. However, as a developmental intern in NYPA’s HR department, I am a part of several teams here. Given this opportunity, I hope to strengthen my skills as a team member who is working for a shared objective.

I will create value while interning at NYPA by working to the best of my abilities to grasp and master all that NYPA has to offer, especially its reputable and constructive work ethic.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated and diligent. I am always up for a challenge and I do not give up easily.


Sam Gladstone is a graduate student pursuing his degree in Sustainability Management at Columbia University. He works in our Customer Energy Solutions group, specifically on K-Solar, in our White Plains office. 

SamGladstoneI picked Sustainability Management because while I studied Environmental Science during my undergraduate time, I wanted to further connect how the public and private sector and implement sustainable practices and specifically clean and renewable energy policies and investments into their operations.

I am most passionate about learning how public/private partnerships operate to achieve goals in the energy sector. At NYPA, I am hoping to get involved in further understanding how distributed solar projects get developed from start to finish.

One of the skills I’m hoping to sharpen is to be able to speak the language of renewable energy project development. There is a lot of terminology that goes along with developing project, and being able to fluently speak the language will go a long way when translating to customers, or negotiating with developers.

I hope to bring the knowledge I have learned this past year in graduate school to my work here at NYPA. I know that this will be a great place to combine my classroom experiences with real world applications.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Chris Paolillo

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.

Chris Paolillo is a senior at Stony Brook University, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

I am working on BuildSmart NY – an initiative to answer Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring New York’s State agencies to improve their energy efficiency by 20% by the year 2020. Under the executive order, the least efficient state buildings are required to conduct an energy audit which will present the agency with the current energy profiles of their facilities as well as several energy conservation measures they can make to improve their efficiency. My first task as a developmental intern was to review these audits and summarize their findings so that the information is readily available to the BuildSmart team.

Additionally, I’ve been assisting the team in creating a set of standards required in these audits, as well as a set of standard procedures for tracking the future progress of BuildSmart NY.

As an intern, I’ve learned that school has only given me an engineer’s tools. In order to become an engineer, I have to learn how to use them. My plan is to someday work as an engineer in the power generation industry. I want to play a role in the future sustainability of our country. NYPA’s mission completely encompasses those goals making it the perfect place to begin achieving them.

I am an Eagle Scout and I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, and spending time outdoors.

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Summer Intern Series: Melanie Johnsen

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.

Melanie Johnsen is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University pursuing her degrees in Business Intelligence and Marketing. She works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

Within the Program Strategy & Development group, I assist with the market analytic portions of projects. This largely includes gathering data and organizing it in a way pertaining mostly to customers and contractors. I also run a daily Peak Load Management forecast report to determine the total New York State energy load. It assists in the efforts of demand response and peak energy shaving.

A specific project that I am working on is gathering both qualitative and quantitative data about energy services customers that NYPA works with. Through this project, I am able to help create a survey that would be able to provide the qualitative data and reach out to several NYPA employees in gathering the quantitative data. The goal is to use the data gathered through target marketing for programs the can be offered to NYPA’s customers.

At first, I did not know what to expect of my summer internship at NYPA. I didn’t have much knowledge about the energy industry prior to working here, however I continue to learn quickly with the help of the friendly work environment. The focus of my work is primarily market analytics which is the perfect combination of my two majors. I have learned and continue to learn many analytical skills that will be invaluable for my future.

At my school I am a member of a sorority (Alpha Phi). I enjoy traveling. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my 1½ year old nephew.

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