Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Samantha Tom & Stephen Schlett

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.

samanthatomSamantha Tom is pursuing her Masters of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven. She interns with our Talent Development group in the White Plains office. 

I chose to pursue my masters because I studied I/O psychology in undergrad and wanted to continue my education. I’m most passionate about learning how to implement what I’ve learned in school to the workplace (putting theory to practice).

I’m involved in a series of projects in which I use critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to innovate new ways to make NYPA a better place to work. Every time you come up with a new idea, you have to consider the mentalities of individuals from different generations, departments, and sites. There is no right answer that is one size fits all and figuring out a way to make it applicable across NYPA is part of the challenge but also part of the fun.

I’m hoping to sharpen my analytic skills. I’m very inquisitive and full of ideas that I’m not afraid to pitch. I see both of these as strengths, especially with the projects I’m working on. My friends would say I’m driven, organized, talkative, and friendly.

Stephen Schlett is pursuing his degree in Business Management at the Ohio State University. He works in our Energy Services department in the White Plains office. 

I chose my major of Business Management with a minor in resort tourism and hospitality because I have always been interested in the ability of business owners and managers to analyze many aspects at once for the benefit of the customer and procurement of the business is commendable and inspiring to myself.

While having a few weeks to accommodate myself into NYPA’s learning environment, I have become most passionate about colliding together as a team to accomplish a common goal and obtain knowledge off of my experienced co-workers. I am hoping to take part in projects which will gain my knowledge of the fundamentals of Project Management with emphasis on scope, schedule, cost, quality and risk.

I am eager to sharpen my skills on communication and connection in the business world. I will create value here at the Authority by contributing a foreign yet scholarly mindset on all projects. A fresh pair of eyes is essential to the creation of programs with the intentions to teach others in what the New York Power Authority does and how it is done. I am able to apply my knowledge in studies of modern applications such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word, to my developmental team.

Many of my best friends have previously described me as courageous, hardworking, diligent and organized.


Summer Intern Series: Caroline Guttridge & Bristy Dutta

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.

Caroline Guttridge is pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. She works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose this major for the many different career paths the field can lead into, including the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and power industries, as well as its application to everyday life.

I am most passionate about seeing the range of projects the Project Management department handles, as well as the various technical details, scope differences, and financial aspects of the work. It will be interesting to learn about a project’s life cycle and the role different engineering disciplines and backgrounds play in each project.

I hope to experience projects in many different phases. Most projects take years to complete, but I have the opportunity to work with some projects just beginning, some under evaluation from contractors, and some under construction, which will provide experience with each phase of the project life cycle in just one summer.

One challenge that I’ve experienced in this field is that I have not had the opportunity to gain business experience in my engineering studies; as such, I began unaware of the ways a company operates, and without a clear understanding of how the engineering goals and each business unit’s must align with those of the overall organization. I hope to strengthen my ability to clearly and concisely convey messages and goals between different departments depending on scope and detail, as this is a major part of Project Management’s role.

I will be a valuable asset here at NYPA because I am open to working on projects and tasks outside of my previous knowledge and education. This will bring a new perspective that may offer different solutions and ideas. My best friend would describe me as engaged and enthusiastic, as well as level headed when evaluating and discussing an issue or decision.

Bristy Dutta is a student pursuing her degree in Business Management at CUNY York College. She works in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I believe this field has a wide variety of career choices. In addition, I am confident that the graduates of business programs can make a positive impact in the world by creating employment, implementing efficiencies, and innovating beneficial products and services. Currently, I am working as an intern in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in the Marketing Group which is part of the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department.

I previously interned at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission coordinating data sets and presenting safety information to drivers and management. I also worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a translator among other things. I am fluent in Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

I am very excited to be a part of NYPA and learning new skills in a business environment. At NYPA, I am learning general analytic skills pertaining to electric demand and energy usage as well as managing customer relationships through the evaluation of contractual commitments NYPA has with the customers. I will also be working on the ReCharge New York and Western New York Hydropower application evaluation process supporting the presentation of allocation recommendations to the Economic Development Power Allocation Board and the NYPA Board of Trustees. Lastly, I will be conducting various data reporting projects in the areas of customer allocations and compliance.

My best friend describes me as a very friendly, helpful and open minded person.

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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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.

Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Aaron D. White

photo1The 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.

Aaron D. White attends SUNY Institute of Technology, working towards a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He currently works in the Technical Services group at the Energy Control Center (ECC) at Clark Energy Center in Marcy, NY.

The focus of my work has been on the Energy Management System – the ECC is a 24/7/365 operation, dealing with scheduled and emergent equipment outages as they come in, most requiring immediate attention and intervention. This internship is truly fitting for me as I also work as a NYS EMT and deal with urgent matters at all hours of the day.

One of my first impressions of this impressive facility when arriving was the sheer importance of the ECC to coordinating the “dance” between generation and load of the Bulk Electric System of New York State. One of my tasks at the ECC has been reviewing and cross-checking transformer and line data, which has given me an understanding of the inner workings of the modeling of the electric system. This has allowed me to see how infrastructure and computer systems work together, as well as the problems that engineers face with managing both.

I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people that have taken time out of their busy schedule to share their vast knowledge of what is done here at the ECC, specifically Brent Blanchard and Chris Powers, as well as my supervisor Derrick Piper. In just the few short weeks I’ve been here, this internship has already increased my appreciation of the electric utility industry from an energy consumption perspective. I’ve also taken notice to things like the overhead BES transmission lines and where they are terminating as I am driving home. I look forward to my continued time here with NYPA and the ECC as I continue to learn and broaden my horizons in the power systems field.