However, I still believe you have some options. Every school should have an engineering department. Therefore I would reach out to the Engineering department and pursue your shadow opportunity that way. If the school also has strict security policies and doesn't permit that type of shadowing, I would counter with an offer and ask if there is anyone you can speak to in the department just to ask questions about the role. You can learn a tremendous amount even in a 1 on 1 zoom meeting. Just prepared with questions.
If you don't know how to go about making contact with that group or may be a little uncomfortable doing it yourself, I would suggest reaching our to a guidance\career counselor at your school and asking for assistance. I'm sure they would be more than willing to assist.
One other option is to volunteer yourself! Your local church, library or local non profit organizations may actually need some help and will not only allow you to shadow, but to get real hands on experience! I know students who have volunteered to setup their church website or setup their network linking computers.
I'm sure you will find the opportunity. Just don't be afraid to keep knocking on doors. It never hurts to ask.
All the best,
Above all, try to be knowledgeable about the company before you speak with them! Know what projects they have worked on, and the scope of their work. You don't have to memorize the names of top mgt, you just want to come across as someone who knows where they are going!
Hope that helps - good luck!
I am not sure if that is even possible. Many engineering companies have strict policies about who can enter their sites, access their data and so on. I have to admit I've never seen any shadowing requests in my entire career so far.
There are couple things I would try:
- find companies that propose internship programs in the field you are interested in.
- contact the companies and directly ask them if they accept shadowing an engineer.
Sorry for not being able to help you more.