Data entry. Filing. Copying. Cleaning up after events. Getting coffee for your supervisor. Sitting at your computer all day doing nothing. This is definitely not what you expected when you signed up for this internship and not what you went to college or graduate school to do.
If this sounds like an internship you’ve had, have or maybe will have in the future, there are many ways to turn it around and make it benefit you. Even if it doesn’t help a lot with the present situation, you can learn and obtain valuable things to help you in your future job search and jobs. Down the line, you’re going to need references for jobs and recommendation letters, so what you do now counts. Employers typically ask for professional references from your past few supervisors from internships, jobs and possibly from other colleagues, so act now to set yourself up for success.