Gaining research experience is a crucial part of preparing for graduate studies, but also offers you a way to gain extra job experience as it qualifies as an internship on your CV.
- Paid research assistant positions are usually advertised. Much of the advertising takes the form of signs posted around the campus - so keep your eyes open! Even if the sign has been up for a few days, make a call if you are interested - don't assume the position has been filled. You might also receive occasional notices for research assistants via email from your program coordinator.
- Volunteering is also an option in some projects. Initially you might mainly be helping out a graduate student with her/his research, but keep in mind that the longer you work in a research group, the more responsibilities you will be given and the more you can get involved in the research process.