The Internet is full of useful resources for students in every grade, discipline, and conceivable interest. But sometimes it’s overwhelming to navigate the thousands of hits you receive when looking for study advice, how to choose a major, what school to attend, financing options, or career and salary statistics. If you’re an engineering student, you might be even more inundated with Google hits given the broad nature of this field.
Below we’ve compiled a short, useful list of resources to help you find information about your field and the opportunities it offers. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible in order to make informed decisions about your career and your education.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics: Your one-stop shop for information about employment statistics, geographic profiles, and salary data.
- National Security Agency: The NSA provides a comprehensive overview of electrical engineering including a list of the technical skills are needed to work at the agency (that is, if government employment is your goal).
- Central Intelligence Agency: Does working for the CIA as an electrical engineer sound intriguing?
- The National Science Foundation: The NSF is an independent federal agency that promotes the “progress of science.” What more could you ask for?
- NSF Directorate of Engineering: One more from the NSF. This site welcomes research proposals and links to recently announced funding opportunities for engineers.
- NASA Engineering Network: Check out the NASA community for engineers. Here you’ll find information about “Learned Lessons” in engineering from the experts at NASA.
- IEEE: As the world’s largest technical professional society, engineering students are bound to find educational resources that provide learning materials, research studies, and case studies from leaders in the field.
- Order of the Engineer: The Order of the Engineer is not a membership organization. Instead, initiates in the Order “pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.”
- The National Society of Professional Engineers: The NSPE is an organization that address the concerns and provides resources for licensed professional engineers across all disciplines.
- American Society for Engineering Education: The ASEE is composed of various colleges, corporations, government agencies, and professional associations to further education in education and help foster the technological advancement of society.
- Society of Woman Engineers: In a male-dominated field, the SWE provides an outlet for learning and a place to give voice for women engineers.
Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
- NSF Scholarships: Updated regularly, the NSF offers scholarships and other funding opportunities in a plethora of subjects including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: A list of fellowships are abundant on this site in addition to a wealth of information about innovative technologies, laws and regulations, and other data about how engineers play a role in environmental protection.
- CIA Scholarships: The CIA offers an undergraduate scholarship programs for IT, engineering, and finance majors.
The list above is just a sample of what’s available on the Internet. However, .gov resources are pretty reliable and offer up-to-date information for students and career seekers, and will be much more illuminating than any Wikipedia wormhole. Visiting these sites on a regular basis will keep you in the loop on what’s happening in your field, exciting job openings, scholarship opportunities, and much more.
Still interested in learning more? We have some other handy guides on here as well, including Electricty 101, Top Resources for Electrical Engineers, and Superb Sites on Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering that will take you into more specified fields of electrical engineering. You could also start your research with our How To Get Into An Electrical Engineering School guide to help you be better prepared and informed for your future studies.