Developmental Intern - R&TD Mechanical Engineering

Location: White Plains, NY, US

This select 12-week paid Internship program begins June 2019 and ends August 2019.


The intern will assist on various research and technology development (R&TD) engineering projects including, but not limited to, acoustic emissions monitoring, air cooled condenser operational issues, wearable devices, and efficiency and operational improvements at the Eugene Zeltmann Power Project combined cycle power plant (CCPP).  These project are in various stages of completion, from initial development to final completion.  The primary focus will be on performing mechanical engineering and project management activities. 

The intern will also work on three co-funded grant research and development projects this upcoming summer:

1) a LiDAR equipped Unmanned Aircraft System (aka a drone) case study project,

2) a thermal energy storage based combined heat and power development and demonstration project, and

3) a Li-ion battery storage demonstration project.

Additionally, the intern would provide a fresh outlook and diverse perspective on the various R&D projects within the department as well as day-to-day challenges.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities the intern will walk away with after this internship



  • Develop greater understanding of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, and power plant equipment.  
  • Develop understanding of design and operation for NYPA’s power generation facilities and transmission systems.  
  • Become more familiar with power plant codes and standards.
  • A practical understanding of engineering principles
  • combined heat and power systems
  • Li-ion battery storage systems



  • Develop and refine skills needed to succeed in business and life including interpersonal, organizational, technical, and networking skills.  
  • Develop greater understanding of skills needed to manage utility type projects.
  • Creative thinking (or thinking outside-the-box)
  • Attention to detail
  • Concise and accurate communication



  • Work successfully and collaboratively with subject matter experts, consultants, peers, and managers to achieve project goals.  Be capable of developing project work plans, budgets and schedules.
  • Organizing and prioritizing work tasks
  • Effective communication

Education, Experience and Certifications


Technical Competencies:

  • Possess general knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamic cycles, and power plant equipment.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  
  • Be capable of reading and understanding engineering codes, documents and drawings.


Behavioral Competencies:

  • Must be able to work well in a diverse team environment
  • be a self-starter
  • have good communication skills
  • keep an open mind to new ideas
  • be eager to learn


Education Background:

  • At a minimum, the successful candidate should be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program for mechanical engineering (or similar) within two years of graduation.



The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer                       

Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City