Student Internship Summer 2016

Christopher Pounds (EHC Major - Concentration in Emergency Preparedness and Public Policy Minor) is currently interning with the NYS DHSES OEM Training and Exercises Section. He works on projects related to the Citizen Preparedness Course, streamlining course requests, and is involved with the Training Section. One of the projects that he initiated over the summer, and will continue to work on, is an electronic course request form. This form is being designed by the ITS department, and will allow for the local Emergency Management professionals to request NYS and Consortium courses, such as Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery and FEMA's ICS courses. Over the course of the next year, he will continue with his current projects, be traveling to assist with the Citizen Preparedness Courses, and will work on a number of research and training projects. His most recent project requires him to update the NYS OEM course to reflect more up to date information.

Christopher found his time at NYS DHSES OEM to be an eye-opening experience. He was able to find his niche in training and exercises. “I am hoping to learn a lot about writing and presenting courses, along with all the behind the scenes activity that goes on to establish a training course.”



Katherine Rhee (Criminal Justice and Sociology Major, EHC Minor) interned with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) Human Services Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs (DAFN). During her time at NYCEM, she assisted with updating and maintaining shelter remediation for NYC, resulting from Hurricane Sandy, to provide better and more accessible shelters during disasters throughout the five boroughs. One main project she worked on was creating a resource document with summaries of links and extensive layout format. She also assisted with the 2015 Heating Report and Cooling Center 2015 Census Report and participated in a video to educate shelter volunteers how to prepare for an emergency disaster.

“NYCEM has such an amazing atmosphere.” Katherine values the opportunity she had this summer and is willing to talk to students who may want a similar internship experience. “It has been one of the most rewarding experiences because I gained so much knowledge of the field and worked first hand with implementation projects for natural disasters and specifically programs for individuals with disabilities.”


 Annie Wu (Public Health Major, EHC minor) held an internship this  summer with Metro-North Railroad. She worked at the Security  department, assisting them with a wide range of projects from security  assessment, security data review and analysis by utilizing a scientific  approach and new technology. She also helped the security staff in their daily duties includes CBRNE detection and countermeasures.

 Annie enjoyed her experience and has agreed to return."Throughout the summer, I have learn so much interning at Metro-North Railroad. They asked me to come back and intern in the coming winter break. It’s great!"



Eric Gaunay (EHC Major – Concentration in Emergency Preparedness and Criminal Justice Minor) held an internship position with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He worked as the Emergency Preparedness Exercise Support in the Office of Emergency Management under the Training and Exercise Section, which is responsible for conducting, supporting and coordinating emergency management training and exercises for emergency managers, first responders and other stakeholders to protect the State and its citizens. His duties included supporting the operations of the Exercise Support trailer, analysis of statistical metrics, providing application of moulage (special-effects make-up) to actors involved in exercises to simulate injuries, attending meetings for exercises, and conducting follow-ups in the After Action Report and Improvement Plan reviews.

Eric continues his internship with OEM based on the outcome he continues to receive from it. "Working with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been a one-of-a-kind experience where I strive to learn something new. Some of the goals I aim to achieve by the completion of my internship are knowledge of exercise design, conduct, evaluation and management needed to excel in the field of emergency management. The practical knowledge, networking, and on the job skills gained so far have been a rewarding experience."

Bryan Nichols (Informatics Major, EHC Minor) interned with Olympus Capital Asia, a leading New York based Private Equity Firm investing in Asia with 8 offices worldwide. During his internship he created a companywide inventory of hardware and software in operation at each location and then made recommendations regarding software updates and security vulnerabilities. Bryan also polled various employees on current procedures being followed pertaining to topics including emails, mobile devices, passwords, and access control. Bryan created a training manual for employees to use to help prevent, recognize and react to certain cyber-attacks.