I am a student, currently interning at a fairly new startup. (I am amongst the first 10 employees). I have a role of a software developer there and the work for the most of it is very good. The pay is also sufficient, but there is just one small issue.
From time to time, I have been asked by my manager to do things like making a pot of coffee or tea for everyone or washing the pot (not peoples cups) amongst others. Since we do not own a dishwasher, this has to be done manually. While, for most I do not mind doing such things because I do not find any task/work too low to be done by someone. My issue arises when my lack of protest for doing such tasks is equated to my compliance, and these tasks are increasingly pushed on me, and not others (including other interns at the same payscale). It doesn't take a lot of time but breaks my flow of concentration when I am in the middle of some work.
Hence, my questions are:
- Is there any such thing as a task being too menial to be done by me, an itern? Is it unprofessional of me to not expect such tasks?
- How do I prevent myself from being unequally burdened by such tasks?
- How normal/widespread is this? Especially in the tech industry?
Answers to some of the questions asked/clarifications requested
- I am a male working in a predominantly male environment.
- No, it is not a junior developer position. It is a full time paid internship as I still have a year of college left.
- I consider myself to be fairly competent. I was selected for this position from a pool of 20+ applicants.
- I honestly do not mind making coffee/washing pots. But I do not want to be the one who always has to do it. But more than that, I want to know if it is widespread. I was under the impression that the days of interns "To get coffee and photocopies" are gone.
- There are no laws in my country which apply to internships, so there is no legal angle in this particular case.