Excellent labs, excellent professors, get in there!
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 21, 2015
I worked in two Biology labs at GWU as an undergraduate. The first "job" I wasn't paid, but instead got research credit (counting toward my Biology degree). The second job I was compensated pretty well, considering that labs have limited funding and have to decide whether to pay for more equipment or more helping hands.
Getting into the labs isn't hard--just talk to your professors! If you're interested in their research, volunteer or work for research credit in their lab for a semester. If you like it, you can often design your own research project and apply for extra funding, making you a real researcher rather than "merely" an assistant.
Collegial environment, freedom to work with minimal supervision, lab parties