I am a working professional and I wish to try working on some research projects after 9-5 job. My average skills doesn't allow me to be a part of big research groups, however, I would still like to volunteer (little or no pay expected) and work with a research group for some time and experience what's it like, gain some exposure on how they are done and finally figure out if it's for me or not?
Goal is to gain some exposure by doing, just like people have summer internship during graduation or "On-job-training" during employment in provisional period.
Are there any open, public or community-driven research groups where I can get a feel for how research is done? How can I search groups like these?
I am looking for something in fields like IT, data, computer security etc.