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Andrea Attipoe, ComEd summer intern

Chasing her dreams, no matter the distance

July 23, 2019

By: Kiarra Pearson, ComEd summer intern

After making the difficult decision to leave her home in Ghana, Andrea Attipoe considered moving to the United States to find new opportunities. 

Looking to grow personally and professionally, she applied for a master’s degree program at Illinois State University. When she found out she was accepted, she knew it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up and made the move – 6,000 miles away from home.

“I was the overall best female economic student during my undergrad at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana,” Attipoe said. “So, my professor advised me to go for my master’s.”

While living in Illinois, Attipoe learned about ComEd’s summer internship program. She applied and was accepted to be an intern in the company’s regulatory department. Now she’s back at ComEd for another summer.

“This will be my second summer in the department, and I’m really happy I got assigned to it again,” she said. “It’s in the line of my ideal career of investigating regulation and policies within the government.”

This summer, Attipoe is leading research that compares energy access in Illinois to other states. She is not only improving her professional skills but is building relationships and gaining friends along the way.

“I met loving people,” Attipoe said. “We became more like friends than intern buddies, and those are the memories that I will cherish forever.”

Attipoe is one of the 155 interns who joined the company this summer to get hands-on experience to prepare for their future careers. Go to to explore scholarships, internships and education programs. 

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