I am a college student on a cooperative internship, and I have had quite a rough time. I got a job I applied for without intending to take because the pay was good. The job was in a more mathematical area of computer science, but I was later denied the position for security reasons. The company that offered me the job found me another job that has nothing to do with anything I am interested in. I took the job because I could not return to school, and I didn't want to flip burgers for a semester.
I have become increasingly discouraged by the experience and have no motivation to continue the work I do. I spend alot of time aimlessly clicking through things because the projects I am handed are undocumented messes, and I don't have the presence of mind to get through them, but I have had no indication that I am less productive than most of the other programmers.
I am in a bad spot, because I have decided to switch career paths toward a more scientific discipline and away from computer science, and now this coop is even more out of place on my resume.
However, I have unofficially committed my time until the end of June. I would like to use this experience to open doors in my actual field of interest, but I am not sure what can be done, or what potential employers/graduate admissions would think of it. As far as I can tell, my boss is satisfied with my work, but I will not have any major achievements when I finish this coop because I keep getting moved from one maintenance/bugfix/repair job to another.
The concrete question here is: Should I stay until the time I said I would or spend the time taking classes from community college to prepare for my major & career change? What can I do to maximize my long-term benefit from this experience when it is not related to my interests or career path?
Should I tell my boss that I am uninterested in the work I do, even though he offered me a job because I was in a bad spot after my first job fell through? He might be able to give me different work, but at most this would last 2.5 months.