I am a college student and last year was approached with an job and internship opportunity by one of my professors. The job and internship were both with the town government. The job was building a website, not for the town government but for the Mayor, which I did, I got paid and and he was happy with the site. The Internship was unpaid but I took it because I was told I would be working with the town website, and I was told I could receive credits towards my CS degree. So I took the internship.
The internship turned out to not be what was advertised, I had been just uploading files to the site for a couple hours a week. It was about as computer science related as putting pictures on your Facebook profile. Although I was unhappy I continued the work, hoping to be able to eventually get a reference from the Mayor, which could pull some weight on a job interview.
At the end of last years term I had to leave the town but had set up to return the following term. Upon returning and going in at the time and day I had set up there was no one at the office. I returned the following week and there was no one again. I attempted to contact the office and the Mayor but had no response.
Recently I received an email from my professor saying that the Mayor has been wondering why I have not been in. I then attempted to contact the Mayor again, but have still received no response.
There are three questions I would like some help with regarding my situation.
- With how much hassle it has been to get in contact, should I continue trying?
- I still want to try to get credit from the internship, how can I go about explaining that the internship was not what was advertised and ask for more CS related responsibilities?
- If all else fails, how can I leave the internship and still be able to expect a positive reference should I need one in the future?
Update: I received a call from the Mayor today. It turns out that there was a change that occurred over the summer and they changed their email provider and their staff, which is why I was never getting through to anyone.
I talked to him and we have set up a meeting for early next week. I plan to inform him that I would like to find some more CS oriented work in the position, and if it is not possible then I will make up the work that has backed up since the communication issue and resign.