Activity in professional organizations while a student provides you with the opportunity to network with professionals in your area of interest. Check into the professional association options provided through the ECU Dept. of Engineering.
"Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) is the only organization in the state that exists to protect your professional engineering license. Comprised of over 1100 licensed engineers, engineer Interns, and engineering student members, PENC is committed to promoting and protecting licensure and the ethical practice of engineering."
Engineering students may participate in the Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC Programs. Military careers can be very rewarding and fulfilling to engineering students. In addition, this avenue may assist you in defraying some of your college expenses.