I’ve seen quite a few people hiring interns in this space.
So I’ll go through what to avoid and what to focus on.
Avoid giving the intern all the dull/annoying work. That’s a sure-fire way to drive them from this profession. It also seems to be what happens a lot.
Begin by finding out what about communities the intern enjoys. What fascinates them? What do they like about the work? What would they be most interested in exploring further? Figure out their motivation and make sure any work aligns with that. You’ll never get good results unless they enjoy the work.
I’d try to give them an interesting project they can work on with a clear goal. Can they improve turnaround time? Can they improve community sentiment? Can they develop data-driven dashboards? Can they recruit some star contributors etc? Give them the training and resources they need to do that.
There are some awesome things you can do here to really inspire people to enjoy community work.