Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Wing Kit Wu & Jeffrey Solomon

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.


WingKitWuWing Kit Wu is pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering at the CUNY City College of New York. He works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I enjoy solving problems. Being able to find a solution to a problem/project that you have worked on for a long time feels very rewarding.

I am most interested in learning about the power industry while being here at NYPA because this is a field that I plan to focus on during my studies. A project that I will be involved with is called the PV-20 Submarine Cable Replacement in which various kinds of people will be involved with to replace cables that are at risk to disrupting services in parts of New York and Vermont.

A few skills that I plan to sharpen are related to team work and communication because they are very vital skills to have in every working environment. I will create value while interning at NYPA by learning as much as I can from my mentors about the project that we will be working on and by interacting with various kinds of people throughout the project to learn about their roles on the project.

My best friend would describe me as hardworking because I put a lot of effort in everything that I do.


JeffreySolomonJeffrey Solomon is pursuing his degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia. He works in the Asset Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose to major in Systems Engineering because I enjoy the key concepts of defining a system and its objectives as well as data analysis of the system.

I really look forward in learning how to use Maximo effectively for asset management and hope to get involved with projects involving Maximo as well as actually seeing the assets in person at NYPA’s sites.

I am hoping to sharpen my professional skills, communication, business knowledge, as well as my data analysis skills and using Maximo.

My best friend would describe me as a hard-working, positive guy who loves to laugh and learn.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Pratyush Kulwal & Colin Sickles

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.


Pratyush Kulwal is a graduate student studying Information Management at Syracuse University. He works in the IT PMO group in our White Plains office. 

I chose Information Management major as I believe that specialization in this field would help me to not only keep pace with the changing technology, but also act as bridge between humans and computers. The enormous information that is generated these days is of little use to human society if it cannot be processed through an efficient information system. Therefore, my aim is to design and improvise systems that bridge every possible gap between human needs and technological challenges that act as barriers to addressing those needs.

I work in the IT PMO group, where I am learning to interact with different business departments of NYPA in order to develop efficient IT systems.  I believe I would be able to leverage on my technical skills and my communication skills to create value in the organization.

My best friend would describe me as open-minded, logical, humorous, and friendly.  They would say that I like to have fun, but I am very efficient when the time comes to get work done accurately and reliably.



IMG_7525Colin Sickles is pursuing his degree in Operations (MIS) at Oswego State University. He works in the Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Operations (MIS). I choose this major as all aspects of business need the support of a portfolio of applications to assist business processes and having the knowledge to implement and configure these applications is a great first step in establishing a new employee in a company.

I am most passionate in learning about business processes and how computer applications assist in accomplishing business objectives. I hope to assist with the implementation of a new interactive customer procurement application that will greatly facilitate the contractual process.  This cloud based application has leading edge e-commerce and supplier management capabilities.

I have found that writing computer language code to be challenging, as it is unforgiving to the smallest syntax errors.  Fortunately, there are many niches in the field where this is less important as systems analysts bridge the gap between the coders and the business by defining and documenting business requirements.

I hope to sharpen my system analyst skills which includes: knowledge of hardware, software and programming, a creative approach to problem-solving, the ability to gather and interpret information, communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to explain technical ideas clearly.

I will create value at NYPA within my internship to make sure my learning experience fits in with the organization’s overall operational objectives and well as the objectives of the department I am in and those of my manager. My personal goal is to learn how new and established applications aid the existing business processes and assist with the implementations and configuration.

My best friend would describe me as an outgoing and optimistic person. As well as, a person who is always there for them and willing to go the extra mile.  

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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.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Justin Jackson

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides high-performing students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization. This summer, 19 undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the intern program. Every Friday, we will feature one summer intern and provide a weekly snapshot of their internship experiences.

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson, a Clarkson University senior, is majoring in Civil Engineering. At NYPA, Justin works in the General Maintenance work group which is responsible for civil/structural and facility maintenance at the St. Lawrence-FDR Hydroelectric Power Project.

My summer with New York Power Authority has been full of opportunities for hands-on learning experience. As a civil engineering intern at the St. Lawrence Power Project, I have been exposed to a number of things ranging from the design of small storage bunkers and a drainage line to assisting field engineers on a piezometer casing replacement. (POWER FACT: A piezometer is an instrument used to measure the water pressure in the ground beneath a water retaining structure.) While participating in the inspection of all four concrete dams, every earthen dike and most of the outlying facilities which encompass the St. Lawrence Power Project, I learned about inspection techniques, FERC requirements, and dam safety surveillance and monitoring equipment.

A big advantage of being an intern on the St. Lawrence Power Project has been the ability to see the Robert Moses Power Dam. One of my most memorable moments of the summer came when I had the opportunity to walk inside the scroll case of a dewatered generating unit.

Overall, my experience at the Power Authority has been fantastic. I have met many knowledgeable people and would specifically like to thank everyone at the St. Lawrence Power Project for the time that was invested in teaching and training me. It has been an incredible way to learn how power is generated and transmitted throughout New York State.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Katherine Kroening

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides high-performing students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization. This summer, 19 undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the intern program. Every Friday, we will feature one summer intern and provide a weekly snapshot of their internship experiences.

Katherine Kroening, a Clarkson University senior, is majoring in Civil Engineering. At NYPA, Katherine works in the Mechanical Maintenance/General Maintenance work group which is responsible for all mechanical and civil/structural upkeep and maintenance of the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Katherine Kroening

Katherine Kroening

I have found my internship with New York Power Authority to be a very rewarding experience. In the time I have been here, I have learned so many things that cannot be taught in a classroom.

One of the most important lessons thus far is learning how to interact with contractors. There are many conversations that require an open mind, patience and a strong understanding of the specifications of a project. There are numerous obstacles that arise during a project that must be resolved and I am confident that the quick problem-solving tactics, I am developing with the help of my mentors, will be used throughout my engineering career.

I have been fortunate to spend time both in the field on construction sites and in the office learning about the planning process behind maintenance work. I gained experience in programs such as Maximo, and had the opportunity to use work orders and purchase requisitions. I have also been exposed to design work, including the design of additional beam supports in a building to support a HVAC system. All of these experiences have greatly enhanced my understanding of the overall construction process.

Before my internship, I was unsure of whether design or project management would be a fitting path for me. The exposure I have had at the Power Authority has helped me to understand the pros and cons of each and has allowed me to feel more comfortable making a decision to focus on project management. I am grateful for the internship opportunity and for the various skills I have learned. I would like to thank my mentors Ed Barbiero, Eustace Mendez and Pete Watkins, who have offered guidance throughout my experience here.

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