Hiring Interns

If you are fortunate enough to work at a company that has an intern program, make sure you take advantage of it. Having interns in an IT department is a great way to find new talent, extend the skills of existing staff, and bring young energy into the department.

Requirements for interns are not high. My top four items are

  1. Show Up On Time
  2. Work Hard
  3. Learn Fast
  4. Have Fun

This applies regardless of where in the IT department we are putting them. (It also applies to every job everywhere, but that is a different post.)

If the position is for the Help Desk, I would add 5) Basic troubleshooting skills, and 6) Friendly. If the position is a Business Analyst intern, I would add 5) good writing skills and 6) a sense of curiosity.