At the end of this week I will be completed with my internship here at the CDC in Atlanta. I was able to take a tour of the Emergency Operations Center. Currently the EOC here at the CDC is working on Deepwater Horizon (Gulf Oil Spill), the earthquake in Haiti and H1N1. The EOC was amazing because they had these televisions screens that filled an entire wall that monitored many different things. One screen was monitoring all of the weather alerts across the entire country. It was cool to see that because I could tell where there were flood warnings and many places that were under a heat advisory (including Atlanta). It has been incredibly hot all summer here. Also, there was a screen that was a map of the enter world. This map showed any disease outbreak that was currently occurring and how many cases there were at the time. It was pretty cool to see that because I never realized how many different outbreaks are occurring at one time throughout the world. Each event that the EOC is dealing with such as the Haiti earthquake, H1N1 and Deepwater Horizon also get their own monitoring screen. I really enjoyed getting a tour of this facility and seeing it in operation.
This summer I have been exposed to many new things and I have learned a lot. I have been able to explore the issues with pesticides in our food supply and the problems associated with the pesticides that are buried in other countries. Since I was working in the Chemical Weapons Elimination Branch, I was able to see the issues that our country is facing with the disposal of these weapons. I was even able to get an in-depth look at one specific facility. It is amazing how these weapons are destroyed and how damaging it would be if they were ever released into the environment. Throughout the summer I have also had many opportunities to network with the employees at the CDC. I have gained some great recommendations and they have provided me with great advice as I enter into the job market and into graduate school.
Living in Atlanta was also a new experience. I was able to see many of the tourist attractions here and meet many new people. It was great to be living at Emory University with hundreds of other interns from around the country. I have really enjoyed this summer and I will be happy to be coming back to Colorado!