I recently got my first internship at a software company entering my junior year of college. It's been a good learning experience, but a terrible overall experience. In the beginning I tried asking questions, coming in early, staying late and turning in code to the best of my abilities.
As the summer went on, I realized I'm a ghost. We have meetings every day and I say I have nothing to do and they just move on and ignore that. I've been staring at a terminal screen for hours on end trying to brush up code that I've already turned in, reading docs about computers to continue my learning process, etc. I've officially got the feeling that I'm that intern that's just there and people are semi annoyed with my presence.
I have 3 weeks left and I want to figure out how to turn this terrible daily activity into a fulfilling intern experience. How can I get my lab mates to like me more?
I am feeling extremely disadvantaged because my knowledge and the work they do is way, way over my head and the other intern is at a grad level, making me look even more incompetent. I'm a very hard worker, but the awkwardness and isolation is leaving me wrecked.