Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Athina Kontouli & Nicholas Harris

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.


Athina Kontouli Intern Profile Series PictureAthina Kontouli is pursuing her master’s degree in Enterprise Risk Management at Saint John’s University. She works in the Risk Management department of our White Plains office.

I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Enterprise Risk Management, where I just completed my second semester and I will be graduating this upcoming January. I came to New York a year ago from Greece, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics, from Panteion University of Athens.

My major is Enterprise Risk Management. I selected the specific major as it is relatively new, evolving day by day and very interesting.

I work at the Risk Management department of NYPA which is comprised of three sectors; the Insurance Risk management, the Operational Risk and the Enterprise Risk Management group where I am interning. The ERM mission is to help protect and enhance the value of the organization through informed risk-based decision-making for optimal resource allocation.

My goal is to learn the most I can from this internship during the summer; I would say I am most passionate about learning methods and techniques in risk assessments and evaluations.

I would definitely like to participate in the strategic planning of risk management. I am currently participating in the analysis of risk assessment workshop data and assisting with the enhancement of risk reporting. I hope I can sharpen my critical thinking, my crisis management skills as well as my presentation skills.

Being at NYPA as an intern will give me the opportunity to implement all I have learned at school the past year; my ambition is to add value to the department by providing a different and unique perspective. My best friend would describe me as loyal and reliable.


NicholasHarrisNicholas Harris is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He works in the Mechanical Engineering department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Mechanical Engineering because of my strengths and interests in math and science and my curiosity of how things work.

I am most passionate about learning how power is generated on a state-wide scale and I hope to get involved in some projects that will challenge me and force me to think outside the box to improve quality of production at any of the plants.

I haven’t encountered many difficulties here in the first few weeks that I’ve been working, but in my field in general, I have found it difficult to convert my knowledge gained from classes and textbooks into practical uses. Difficult, but not impossible!

I hope to sharpen my skills in translating my knowledge into practical uses. I will create value at NYPA by working through the challenges and obstacles I’m faced with to aid the success of the company and add to my own skill set.

My best friend would describe me as intelligent with a great sense of humor.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Nicholas Trifu

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.

Nicholas Trifu

Nicholas Trifu

Nicholas Trifu, a St. John’s University junior, is majoring in Computer Science with a Cyber Security Concentration. At NYPA, Nicholas works in the Application Development and Support work group which is responsible for the design and implementation of operational systems for enterprise applications.

My time at New York Power Authority has already exposed me to a variety of different experiences and provided a platform for me to put into practice the concepts and methods I have learned at school. Currently, I am working to develop a new application for the entry and tracking of SF6 (Sulfur Hexafluoride) gas, an inflammable gas widely used as an insulator for electrical equipment. It must be reported by NYPA because it is a known greenhouse gas. This project and others have allowed me to refine and apply my database and application development skills.

I have also come to understand the importance of networking. I am making business connections in the power industry that I would not have made otherwise.

During my remaining weeks at NYPA, I hope to continue improving my skills, build more relationships and increase my overall knowledge about energy and business. I am grateful for the opportunity that NYPA has granted me and plan to take full advantage of it.

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