I am looking to apply directly to top PhD programs and maybe a few M.A. programs this cycle. For the most part my stats look good, 3.89 GPA from a 4-year private college, on track for a solid GRE score, good letters of rec. The one thing my CV is majorly lacking is research experience.
I completed an undergrad thesis for my Comparative Literature major, and have done plenty of research papers in classes, but that’s it. I have never had the opportunity to be a research assistant, and I’m not sure how much that even happens in my field.
I am wondering if it is an expectation even in Spanish that I will already have research experience on my application, and if that is indeed the case, what some ways to go about getting that experience might be so I can set myself up as best as I can for my long-term goal of securing a professorship.