Community College Students
Your only disadvantage is your proximity to the NC State campus. If you live close to campus you should follow the suggestions given on finding a mentor. If distance is a serious factor then consider the Summer Research Experience as a way to conduct research during the summer.
Students from Other Universities
You should first consider Summer Research Experience (SRE) Programs at NC State. A second option is to consider becoming an exchange student for one year, especially if you have a research interest that matches that of a mentor and you both agree to a scholarly program that includes transferable course credit hours back to your home institution. The research hours may also be transferable. It is important that your academic dean and registrar approve of your plan for off-campus studies so that our credits may transfer and support your graduation requirements.