Getting past the frustration--and in the process learning how real research differs from science learned in the classroom--is what undergraduate research internships are all about. Yet despite the focus on real research, real progress in most programs is regarded as a bonus and not the main objective.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers tips on how to make the most of your summer internship conducting research and what to really expect on the job.
Their best piece of advice? Use the internship to make important professional connections that can help you later, get to know your peers, and those ahead of you, and keep in touch!