I have been working at internships on and off for the past 2 years, and at least twice I have been in the situation of having my own project to advance by myself.
The first time it happened, I was doing something I like a lot more (software development) and had a superior who I could count on to help with issues at any time.
After that, I got a new project where I was doing stuff on my own, but the project involved more people, so there were opportunities to collaborate and help out on tasks not initially assigned to me. Even though I had gripes with the way things were run (not very organized) the fact that I felt I was learning and was part of a team made up for it.
Finally, for the last 4 months, I was assigned a project that was on the backburner for a long time, and I am tasked with kick-starting it, starting with "documenting stuff". Unlike my first experience, however, documentation is not something I particularly enjoy doing (especially of work not done by me or anyone in my vicinity) and my boss always seems to have something more important to do.
I am committed to stop this from happening again, and I have the "stuff I enjoy doing" part covered, but every time I try to think of a way of explaining I work best with a peer, I keep imagining people will think I am trying to slack off on other people's work.
How can I explain to management/contractors that I work best in a team environment without sounding like it's an excuse to get someone to take my work?