Welcome to the Fall 2015 NCSP Internship Cohort!

September 21, 2015

The National Center for Security & Preparedness is proud to announce our Fall 2015 Intern cohort. These individuals are highly motivated, skilled, and selected from an extremely competitive job market. We have both undergraduate and graduate students with varying academic backgrounds, unique experiences, and challenging career goals. The NCSP internship program attracts a diverse audience: from criminal justice and public policy to communications and forensic biology.

The environment at the NCSP encourages interns to grow and develop outside of the limitations of the title "intern." The project development process allows interns to contribute conceptually and practically to the organizational mission of the NCSP. This means that intern's ideas, effort, and time are well-respected and highly valued. These responsibilities fall on a wide spectrum and include anything from developing presentations to guide course content, to collaborating on design for scenario-based activities that simulate experiences first responders may face.


Alexa Cappola is an intern in the Training & Project Management Section, where she is learning the ins and outs of assisting in the creation and implementation of numerous training projects. She is currently in her last semester as a senior at the University at Albany and will be completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Communications.

Prior to interning at the NCSP, Alexa had gained experience in other work environments. In the spring of 2014, she was an intern with the New York State Senate and in the spring of 2015 she interned at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. After completing her undergraduate education at the University at Albany, she aspires to continue onto graduate school in the field of Emergency Management.


Kevin Koller joined the Policy, Intelligence, Exercises, and Simulations (PIES) Section in August 2015. He is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University at Albany. He will be continuing his studies in Criminal Justice through a joint BA/MA program.

Before joining the NCSP, Kevin interned at the Mount Pleasant Police Department in Westchester, NY, where he shadowed detectives and helped to solve a missing person's case. Within the last year, Kevin has become extremely interested in counter terrorism research, analysis, and investigations. He hopes to take the skills acquired at the NCSP to Washington, D.C., where he will be participating in the University at Albany's Semester in Washington program. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and physical fitness.


Victoria Maresca joined the Training & Project Management Section in August 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. Victoria was a member of the University at Albany Women's Rugby Football Club (UAWRFC), where she was the treasurer and captain for several semesters. During her time with UAWRFC, she learned the importance of time management and leading a team with varying opinions and goals.

Victoria's interest in criminal justice was sparked at a young age when she watched her cousin graduate from the Suffolk County Police Academy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. Although undecided about which field of criminal justice is right for her, Victoria is confident that the knowledge and skills she acquires at the NCSP will assist her in making a lasting impact in whichever path she chooses.


Mikayla Myers joined the Training & Project Management Section in January 2015 and is in her second year of the Masters of Public Administration program at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. She is a BA/MPA student and entered the master's program her junior year of undergraduate study. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Public Policy and Political Science from the University at Albany.

Mikayla is a Training for Security and Terrorism Professionals (T-SteP) Fellow at Rockefeller College and works to support research with the Big Allied and Dangerous Project while also working at NCSP. While at the NCSP, Mikayla has worked mainly with the Emergency Vehicle Defensive Driving program, including courses such as EVDD, EVDD Principles, Trailer Towing, and the EVOC Instructor School. She is currently excited to be developing both ATV/UTV and Snowmobile courses for emergency responders.


Sarah Sabin is an accounting intern in the NCSP's Administrative Section. She has been able to gain a better understanding of how accounting is done in practice by learning the various systems at the NCSP. Under the guidance of Jayson and Lauren, she has been able to report transactions, become familiar with the employee database, and work with spreadsheets for invoices. She has been able to see accounting theory translate to practice.

Sarah is currently a senior at the University at Albany and is expected to graduate in spring 2016 with majors in Accounting and Economics. Sarah is part of the Honors College and is also affiliated with the Circle K Club, which fosters compassion and goodwill toward others through service and leadership. She is also the President of Impact Christian Fellowship where she is in charge of the executive board, weekly meetings, and organizing retreats and community service projects. Sarah hopes to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and work for a public accounting firm like Ernst and Young or KPMG.


Alora Sansola joined the Training & Project Management section in August 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Biology and Anthropology from the University at Albany, with minors in Medical Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Alora was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed community service fraternity as well as Lambda Alpha, the National Honors Society for Anthropology.

Having a strong interest in forensics from a young age, Alora continued her studies at Boston University School of Medicine where she received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Forensic Science in 2015. During her graduate study at BU she was a teaching assistant for bloodstain pattern analysis and forensic biology, where she was able to fabricate testable evidence for her class to identify. Additionally, she also interned at the Dutchess County Medical Examiner's office in 2014. Alora hopes that her devotion toward her work throughout college will guide her into a field that combines emergency medicine and forensic science.


Naithram Singh is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management with a concentration in Homeland Security, both at the University at Albany. After graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013, Naithram received an Office of Graduate Education assistantship for Master's study at UAlbany. Once his graduate degree is complete in May 2016, Naithram hopes to continue in higher education and pursue a PhD.

Naithram is also interning at the University at Albany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC). His goal is to draw upon the knowledge gained from his past experience to evaluate trainings that will be valuable and beneficial to students joining the CEHC major. Beyond his short-term goals, Naithram dreams of one day working as an intelligence or crime analyst and to eventually share his expertise as a professor.

The NCSP is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 cohort. More information is available on our internship page!