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
- Show Up On Time
- Work Hard
- Learn Fast
- 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.