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

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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Summer Intern Series: Kyle Pedersen

DSC06269New 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.

Kyle Pedersen is a student at Clarkson University pursuing his degree in Computer Science, with an Electrical Engineering minor. He works in the Maintenance Resource Management Department at the Clark Energy Center in Marcy, NY.

So far, my first month an NYPA has been a great experience. I’ve gained valuable knowledge about the scope of the power system and how all of the various components and systems interact on a physical level, as well as the sheer amount of work required to manage and maintain it.

I have had the privilege of visiting the Control buildings and CSC (Convertible Static Compensator) at the Marcy Switchyard, the Jarvis Hydroelectric Dam, and soon, the ECC (Energy Control Center) at Clark Energy Center. These visits allow me to fully understand the practical implications and reasons behind the data I pull from software and put into reports on a daily basis; as well as truly understand the dialogue at the meetings where it is discussed.

I look forward to being a valuable contributor to NYPA through diligently expanding my knowledge base and working alongside NYPA personnel. I appreciate this opportunity and I thank my supervisor, Dan Herrmann, for his guidance and support, ensuring my success here at NYPA.

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Summer Intern Series: Priyanka R. Kulkarni

2014-07-01 22.34.15The 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.

Priyanka R. Kulkarni attends SUNY Buffalo, pursuing her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Computer Networking. She currently works in the IT department as an Application Design & Developmental Intern in the Niagara Office.

“It’s midway through the internship and I feel delighted and privileged to be working at NYPA. After I joined, I was told I would be working on the Windows platform, which I had never worked on before, and I had uncertainties on how I would perform.

Fortunately, my mentor guided me well in a step-by-step approach that helped me learn and adapt to these new areas without hurdles. I spent my initial time in research and training to equip myself with IT development procedures and techniques. I was later involved in the enhancement of features for Safety Incident Prevention and Notification Application.

Currently, I am working on improving the format of automated emails issued by the system. Moving forwards, I will be involved in developing an application supporting the Research and Development group with monitoring select transmission devices across the state.

I took a tour of the power project and was impressed with the structure of it. Every day is a new challenge and I look forward to the rest of the journey with the hope to make a difference at NYPA.”

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Summer Intern Series: Gabriella Romagnuolo

The 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.

Gabriella Romagnuolo attends Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she is pursuing a degree in Accounting. She currently works in the Controller’s Division at the White Plains Office.

In the few short weeks that I have been working as a developmental intern here at the New York Power Authority, I’ve already gained a tremendous amount of experience and education on a variety of subjects.

This summer, I was presented with the opportunity to work in the Controller’s Division, assisting with the application and transition into newly integrated versions of the SAP Business Intelligence Software. For both financial and billing purposes, I’ve prepared training materials and assisted in the training delivery for fellow employees from various departments on the conversion of the software.

Additionally, I’ve assisted the Controller’s Division in formulating and testing implementation procedures for the billing of Stand-By Services provided at Riker’s Island. In working with SAP Configuration Analysts, I created streamlined procedures to compare data sets from both NYPA and ConEd that will allow for smoother procedures for billing once the services begin. Aside from the Controller’s Division, I’ve also been exposed to real-life accounting policies and procedures taught through my own college course material by working with the Accounting Department on a variety of assignments including the posting of client journal entries.

My time here at NYPA has already proven to be extremely valuable and educational and I would like to personally thank my supervisors Frank Rutigliano and Bobby Ramsook for their motivation and guidance in helping me better my experience here at the New York Power Authority.

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