ComEd Launches Summer Internship Program Providing Job Training to More than 250 Students

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – This summer, ComEd is hiring more than 250 students through its annual summer internship program providing local teens with hands-on job training and career experience. ComEd is committed to engaging its future workforce and partners with a number of schools and nonprofit organizations to offer local students valuable work experience through internships, apprenticeships and other educational programs.

“We are developing our workforce of the future by engaging young people in our business and introducing them to new career possibilities,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “We do this by reaching out to our own communities to build on the talent of our local youth. We are truly a local company; our employees work and live in the communities we serve.”

As part of ComEd’s summer internship program, more than 150 college and high school students will be assigned to various departments across the company for a three-month period. Participating students gain hands-on working experience that they can take back to the classroom when they return in the fall. The job experience also serves as a window into careers and employment opportunities in the energy industry. 

In addition, for the third consecutive year ComEd is partnering with After School Matters to provide paid apprenticeship programs for 115 high school students through its Youth Ambassador program. The students, ages 14 to 18 from Chicago-area neighborhoods, will have opportunities to learn first-hand from industry experts about the benefits of smart meters and wise energy use. The students will then serve as ComEd ambassadors at local community events throughout the summer, helping peers, neighbors and residents better understand how they can take advantage of smart meter technology to save energy, as well as the simple steps they can take to better manage their energy use.

Five student ambassadors who participated last summer will return to work as interns this year, a position that reflects the advanced skill level and commitment they have displayed throughout the program.

“Being a ComEd Youth Ambassador was an unforgettable experience,” said David Delgado, a Taft High School student and After School Matters participant. “I learned about the history of electricity and how to build a microgrid. Beyond that, I learned teamwork and also had the opportunity to be a leader.”