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Developmental Intern - Technology and Innovation - Mechanical


White Plains, NY, US


The New York Power Authority is reimagining the role of the public utility and helping our customers take full advantage of the new electricity offerings. If you’re passionate about the customer experience and want to be part of our journey toward becoming the first end-to-end digital utility in the country, we want to hear from you. Learn more about us, our clean energy technologies and the trend-setting work we’re doing for New York State here.


The Summer Developmental Intern program is ideal for a college or graduate level student interested in …


  • Exploring how hydropower, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more exciting initiatives are changing the power industry
  • Seeing firsthand what it’s like to work for New York State, including exposure to labor unions and collective bargaining agreements
  • Learning about NYPA’s commitment to New York State citizens and the communities where our generation facilities are hosted
  • Visiting the Blenheim-Gilboa power project to see up close how our power is made and how important pumped storage is to reliable electricity in New York
  • Gaining a foundation on the energy regulations that govern our industry


Please apply to only one Developmental Intern position at NYPA. We may consider your experience for other Developmental Intern positions if your experience fits.


The mechanical intern will primarily work on three co-funded R&D projects during the summer 2020 - a thermal energy storage based CHP demonstration project, a Li-ion battery storage demonstration project and a new zinc based regenerative fuel cell project.  The first two projects are currently underway with equipment being installed summer 2020 with the third project being kicked-off early 2020.  The Li-ion battery storage project will be installed at the WPO and the thermal energy storage project will be installed at SUNY Purchase, located about 15 minutes from the WPO.  In addition, the intern will support on-going EPRI projects and emergent investigations.  This support is important and will allow R&D engineers to focus on the broader view, while at the same time, investigate additional new and innovative technologies for future R&D projects.  Additionally, it is expected that 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.  Regarding the primary focus, energy storage plays a critical role in transforming the future of the electric power grid as society moves toward increased electrification coupled with reduced fossil fuel generation and increased integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.  R&D's focus on energy storage will become more and more important to bridge this gap of intermittency.  In recognition of the importance of energy storage, New York State set a target of 3GW of energy storage by the year 2030 with an interim goal of 1.5GW by the year 2025. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task with competing priorities
  • Collaborative and team orientated
  • Customer-focused especially when dealing with vendors and internal clients
  • general knowledge of engineering principles and construction management.
  • An open mind to new and innovative ideas, and be eager to learn. 


Education, Experience and Certifications

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program.  Must be enrolled in an accredited engineering program with coursework in construction management.  Students who have completed their third year in an undergraduate mechanical engineering program are preferred.

Physical Requirements


The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer                       

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