First up, don't feel too bad. We've all faced similar situations where you realise that your “dream” internship is not all rainbows and sunshine but one where the clock doesn't tick as fast as you would want it to. It feels even worse especially if you have started the journey with high hopes about the experiences to come. But you have to try and find the silver lining no matter what. Tell yourself, “I will make the most out of this internship” and make sure you do!
Keep in mind that you have already proved your merit by passing the meticulous recruitment process where you probably have left behind tonnes of other applicants. You don't want to throw that away even though you believe that the “responsibilities” handed over to you doesn't even begin to poke at your true potential. So suck it up, and read on to find out how you can make the most out of this misfired opportunity.
The first step to make the internship gig worth your while is to remain positive and staying away from negative energy. So what if you made a mistake? Isn't this the age to do so and learn how to pick yourself up? Put in your hundred percent and carry out the tasks at hand, no matter how pointless they may seem. There is no small task, only small people. Do this and your supervisor might reconsider your role in the team.
It is only understandable if you feel like sliding into your own reclusive zone as soon as you start to develop the idea that this internship isn't for you. Do not give in to the temptation. Try to become friends with the other interns with whom you can relate to. Be nice to them, share your experiences, listen to theirs and you can probably make a friend for a lifetime if you are lucky enough.
There is nothing to be scared about. The internship you are currently dreading about is only a temporary deal
No matter how boring your internship is, use this chance to add more to your arsenal of contacts which will surely come in handy at some point in your career. Invest in those relationships. Be it a colleague, or someone you met over the period of your internship, be sure to leave a lasting impression on them. You knows, maybe one of them might be able to put in a good word for you somewhere else in the future.
Nothing lasts forever
Look, there is nothing to be scared about. The internship you are currently dreading about is only a temporary deal. Had this been a permanent job, you would have been in some serious trouble. Compared to that, your twelve-week-long-hell will soon start to freeze. Take notes from the mistakes you have committed and make sure you don't make them again during your next internship stint. Enjoy every bit of the experience, since no matter how bad an internship it was for you, by the time you finish it, you will have one more experience to include in your resume.