I'm currently out in Western Canada working a summer internship for a Municipal Planning Department. The city is booming, and is mid-sized. I'm going into my fourth year in my Planning education, and have a prior degree (in Economics) and 3 years experience in the business world.
Two weeks into my internship, and I'm a little frustrated. Perhaps because the internship is usually designed for people 20 years old, and not as mature or experienced as I am, but I am a little frustrated with the calibre of work they have me doing. Sometimes I'm running errands across the city, picking up documents, making deliveries, etc. My biggest task is updating a Community Profile, which is essentially taking the latest Census data and updating old charts and graphs. There has been very little in the way of learning anything about the profession.
What I'm wondering is, should I have expected something challenging? I certainly am ready for a challenge, and am somewhat dissapointed in the simplicity and small amount of work they have me doing. I have started to become persistent in asking my boss for more work and responsibility, and requesting to attend and sit in on meetings, but have been pushed away (politely, mind you...they cite confidentiality as the reason I can't sit in on meetings).
I have started to utilize my plentiful spare time by reading old studies, by-laws, OPs, and all the cogent legislation I can. Adding to my frustration is that I moved from Toronto to be out here, and if I knew I was going to be doing some of the work I'd be doing, I could have stayed home, and avoided all the trouble of uprooting my life temporarily if I knew I wouldn't be getting what I wanted out of it.
Is this par for the course for internships? Aren't they usually more challenging than this has been? Or am I being petulant?
Thanks in advance for your advice