In my first year (summer) of undergraduate study, I was lucky enough to get a lab position with one of my professors. His research is primarily in spectral hole burning. Essentially he tasked me with taking an old broken spectrometer and get it into working order. He asked me to solder the severed engine control cables, the retrofit a new slit onto the spectrometer (design a part, have it made and delivered to the university), research and buy a lamp with appropriate power and and then couple the lamp (using the best method) to the spectrometer. I was to then optimize and calibrate the system (swap out the generic lenses, buy coated lenses w/ different focal lengths) and to make sure the output (fiber, open beam) was appropriate/high enough to be used in spectral hole burning experiments.
As stupid as this sounds, can I include this when applying? I keep reading about other people's research and I feel this may be "below" that.