So I was at an astrophysics summer program and one of the professors offered to help, as he has connections at this university near where I live, if I ever wanted to research/intern there. I know some people at my high school who have done similar things, so I was pretty excited. Trouble is, I don't think I'm capable. Most of my intro physics is pretty solid, and I know a little EM at the griffiths level, but that's it. One option is to wait a while and study some more, as I am only entering my sophomore year. I could probably a good deal of GR in the meantime. Not nearly enough, but much better than where I am now. However, I've heard lots of "research experience" opportunities for undergrads in their first or second year, and there are high school students interning at universities. How do they do it? Is it generally just menial labor, such as entering data into a program, etc? I've even heard of high schoolers going in which research ideas of their own, although that is generally in fields like biology.