As part of my computer science degree I need to spend 5 months in a job placement as an intern. I've been here for about 3 months now and I've become really unhappy with what I'm doing here.
I've been working on a single project the entire time I've been here. The issue is that this project is heavily physics/engineering oriented (in MATLAB), which I have practically no knowledge of, and no interest in.
I had partially done a previous course which had some physics modules, and this was on my CV. I can only assume that the manager picked up on this and thought I'd be better at using those skills rather than the skills I've learned on my current course.
My current course is software based, with my main skill being Java/C# programming, which they do here. But the project I'm doing has absolutely no relevance to my course or anything that I've learned, so I'm completely alone in the woods here and pretty much have to self-educate myself on the subject matter from scratch, which is extremely challenging.
I have no relevant skills that I can use on this project. Honestly, a random person picked off the street could arguably be of more use than me for this.
I'm the only person working on this project, and I can't actually see any use this company might have for it.
My biggest concern is that this is my one chance to get industry experience before I graduate. As of now I've learned essentially nothing that I can use at any other job, which I feel will disadvantage me when I'm competing for a graduate position. It's like applying for a job with a chemistry degree and then being thrown into accounting.
Is it acceptable for me (being a lowly intern) to make a request to management that I be transferred to a project that perhaps is more in-line with my skill-set? How do I go about that without sounding insulting?
Bear in mind that this placement is an integral part of my course, so I can't just quit and find something else.