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Summer Intern Series: John Madigan

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.

John Madigan is a senior at Union College, pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. He works in the Executive Office at the White Plains Office.

I am currently interning for the Executive Office, in the Public and Regulatory Affairs division, under Sylvia Louie and Jill Anderson. My responsibilities include authoring executive briefings, policy memos, and presentations. These assignments usually pertain to energy, environmental, or economic policy. Joe Leary and Ed Birdie have made my experience here at NYPA special, for they remind me daily that I am not “just” an intern.

I am looking forward to a career in city planning or urban (re)development, employing the energy sector knowledge that I have gained from NYPA.

Personally, I am a car geek, a bookworm, and a wannabe rock star. I drive a 1973 MGB Roadster, which I have been restoring over the past five years. I will read most anything, although I prefer historical fiction or the Economist magazine. When not wrenching or reading, I enjoy playing my guitar, an Ibanez AF-55 full hollow body. I also have a beagle Jackson, adopted from Tennessee, and named after the seventh President of the United States.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Jake Shemtob

Jake ShemtobNew 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.

Jake Shemtob is a student at Fairfield University pursuing his degree in Economics. He works in the Customer Load Forecasting Group in Marketing & Economic Development at the White Plains office.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from my internship at NYPA. My studies in economics have concentrated primarily in financial markets. Here at NYPA, I have been able to apply my quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills in a completely new field that I had little to no prior knowledge about aside from looking at our NYSEG bill at home.

In the CLF group, my primary objectives are to work with short term load forecasting to study and update different models and thresholds so that the CLF group can continue to provide accurate load forecasting for all of NYPA’s customers. Additionally, I have worked with Peak Load Management by running the daily PLM Forecast Report to forecast the total state energy load, as well as investigating areas for possible expansion of demand response and peak shaving initiatives for municipal customers.

Currently, I am working on a study to understand existing metering contingency process in order to either validate the existing contingency metering process or provide recommendations on what meter process would provide the optimal forecasting results.

Thanks to the CLF group and the countless people who work with me in Marketing and Economic Development (especially my excellent co-mentors Dan Johnsen and Colleen McConnell, my inspiring manager Gian DeLuca, PLM analyst and Excel master Dan Smilowitz, fellow CLF team member Andrew Stewart, as well as Mike Lupo, Mike Huvane, Keith Hayes, and Eric Bowers), my skill set has grown exponentially and my interest in the energy industry has grown immensely. Every day at NYPA has been enriching and I look forward to continue learning, growing, and networking throughout the rest of my time here.

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