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Interning during a Pandemic

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Computer Science, Ph.D. Candidate , DePaul University

I am a 4th-year Computer Science Ph.D. Candidate at DePaul University in Chicago, IL set to graduate in Spring 2021. My research concentrations are machine learning and data science applications...

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This summer I interned at ComEd-An Exelon Company and nothing about this internship was what I expected it would be. I was a part of the first internship cohort in the company's century-long history who had never stepped onto their campus.  It was a new, extremely unique experience to intern.  

Nonetheless, I have learned how essential electric utilities play an invaluable role in our society's functions, especially during a pandemic. During my internship, I got the opportunity to work closely with the Emerging Technologies group to learn how Blockchain can be implemented in the electric utility industry, where I provided recommendations and suggestions on how the marriage between artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology can be beneficial. I became so engrossed by the Blockchain fundamentals I went from a novice to solidly intermediate knowledge of the technology and its benefits. 

To sum it all up, this internship experience ComEd had its unique set of challenges; nevertheless, it was an excellent opportunity to intern and see how utility companies operate from the inside.

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Matt Chester on Sep 21, 2020

Thanks for sharing your experience, Alicia. Can you share an example of how you saw the people you worked with at the utility having to adapt in a way that particularly surprised you (or perhaps even surprised them, since everything has been pretty unprecedented in recent months)?

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