That is a great question and I love that you want to be proactive. I am not sure of an organization that arranges this, but there are 2 avenues to consider. First is volunteering over the summer to have an opportunity to be in the office. My concern is that you will do more of just running errands and getting coffee. If you had some skills, like working on CAD, that would be better.
Second option that is very interesting is job shadowing. This is where you pair up with an engineer and follow them around the office for a day or week. When I have had student do this with my team members, they usually get 30 minutes with each of the team members for a 1 on 1 conversation about their perspective.
Both of these efforts require networking to find the opportunity.
Glenn recommends the following next steps:
- Check with parents, family, friends parents, teachers, guidance counselors to see who can put you in touch with someone who is an ME or work with MEs.
- Start with an email and introduce yourself and what you are interested in doing. You can ask for both options.
- Set up time for a phone call. Research the company and what they do. Look on LinkedIn and check out their profile before the call.
- Have the call, be prepared with questions, ask for a face to face meeting. If it makes sense, ask for the job shadowing or working for free options