I've recently graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering, and I have been looking for a job. I've had 4 internships in the past; they've been at both government and private sector, both small and large. However, I've found the common factor is that they set you in front of a computer, and expect you to code for essentially 8 hours straight. (Edit: When I say 'program', I mean programming and all that it realistically entails. I didn't sit and bang out elegant, functional code all day. I fixed bugs, researched solutions, got fed up and blamed the hardware, etc.)
Now, I'm not a complete fool. I knew that Computer Engineering would involve a large amount of programming when I signed up, and that I'd spend a significant portion of my time interacting directly with computers. However, actually sitting down and considering the next ~40 years of my life would be nothing but this left me feeling a little perturbed.
I don't hate programming; I actually quite like it. I've been working on personal projects while I'm unemployed, and I feel motivated to code in general. But I can't go for >4 hours without feeling completely burnt.
I'm wondering if there are any jobs where I can apply my skillset, while not being trapped working on one single thing for 8 hours every day. I realize that whatever "other thing" I'm doing while not programming will be tied heavily to computing/programming (tutoring, research, writing, etc.), which is totally fine. I just need something to break my responsibilities up.
I'm sure these types of jobs exist, however I don't have the familiarity with the industry to know about them.
EDIT: I wanted to clarify that I didn't spend 8 hours banging out new code. I was working on pre-existing code in almost every case. So of course, I did spend a significant amount of time debugging and working with/learning code that other people wrote. I think it's safe to assume that unless you're developing your own app or working for a small shop, that you won't be creating your own brand-new code right off the bat, and I'm okay with that. However, it felt like 90% of my day was sitting alone in my cube, staring at an IDE window. That's really the part I feel I need to be broken up.