Let me provide some background here. I am an Electrical Engineering student and will be entering my Senior year this fall. I was lucky enough to secure a summer internship with a company for the duration of the summer. I am starting to realize that I may have not been so lucky. I am practically given 0 projects to work on and I find it hard to make a contribution here. The pay is great, but that factor makes me feel even more guilty for my lack of contribution. Some days I am forced to just spend the majority of my 8 and a half hour day just in my office staring. Its not that my boss doesn't care, he just doesn't have the time to really mentor me. It kills me to waste that many hours in a day not being productive. I come from a family of immigrants, and understand people have done worse jobs for a fraction of the money that I am making, but that does not make me feel any better about the time that I am wasting. I feel embarrassed attending morning meetings and being asked if I have any input and just replying "Sorry, nothing to add". The job is in a warehouse setting, and I always suggest to let me help by doing some of the warehouse/ manual labor type work. Whenever I suggest this my boss or higher ups will scoff as if that work is beneath me. Honestly, I agree that it is, but I would rather contribute in that form than make no contribution at all. The lack of productivity and contribution to the company is really starting to affect my self esteem. I passed up an opportunity to do summer research with a professor of mine for this job. I have been thinking maybe I should try to get out of this while I can, and still be a part of the research. It pays about half of what I make here, but I think I would rather learn something and be productive and get paid less, than be a statue in my office all summer. Would quitting my internship look bad? Do you think I should stick the internship out, or go for the summer research? I was also considering maybe trying to work at both locations part time to benefit from both opportunities. I would love to hear any opinions on my issue maybe from someone who had a similar experience. I apologize if I made any errors in posting this, this is my first post on PF, this issue has been troubling me for some time so I joined here to ask this question specifically. Thanks in advance for any replies !