I started an internship as a technical researcher in computer science field a month ago and the things are obviously much different then what I was learning from books. But I was prepared for that, so its okay I guess. But one thing that I was not expecting is that the employees dont really have a very friendly attitude not only towards me but also among themselves. They dont talk. For example my supervisor sits infront of me and he sends me email whenever he wants to say even the un-important things. Is this usual behavior ? since its my first time working in any company and I am not aware much of working ethics.
Secondly, the situation is that in the beginning for few days my supervisor was not sure of which tasks should I be doing during my internship. Anyways he gave a presentation, defining my tasks and the manager changed and removed some of them by saying that it would be too difficult for an intern to have them done in 6 months. By the way, my supervisor is doing Phd from this company and is at the end of it.
This is my 5th week going on. My supervisor is on holidays since last week and will be back on this coming Monday. He gave me a task to be done until Monday and he said you can contact me if you find any difficulties. I did contact him but it did not solve the problem. Actually the problem is, there is one file missing and without that I can not make use of the tools, the way I want to use them. I have spent 2 days looking for it everywhere I could, but was not successful. Now he will be back on Monday expecting that I will be done with the task. I asked my manager and other colleagues and they said, contact your supervisor for technical details and problems. So, should I give him a pseudo-solution and tell him that because of that missing file I was not able to implement it ? OR should I use some other tools to give him the solution and explain him that because of that missing file I was not able to do it the way you wanted me to do ?
Actually the atmosphere is a bit weird under the roof of company and I see myself standing no where after 5 weeks of internship. Though after coming here I learned a lot new things but I dont feel it as a comfortable working environment and I dont want to waste my rest of internship period. Can some one tell me that, am I just being stupid to think like this way ? or things are like this in the begning ? what should I do ? any suggestions ? comments ?