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 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 that were 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.
However, for the last 4 months, I have been working on 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 do my work?