What is an Intern?
Interns are users who have been granted temporary user rights, usually Sentinel or Moderator rights, so that they may prove themselves responsible enough to join Staff in a permanent capacity. They are not officially Staff, but for all intents & purposes they are. They act the same way, & they deserve just as much respect as full Staff.
Becoming an Intern
When you apply to join Staff, you may have your Résumé suspended, primarily because the Community Administrator assigned to your Résumé wants more time to decide if you are good for Staff. When this happens, your Résumé is put on hold, & you are invited to become an Intern for a week or so to prove your worth. If you reject this invitation, then your Résumé will be automatically rejected.
Note: The same criteria for becoming Staff also apply here, it is simply easier to become an Intern than Staff.
Intern User Rights
Intern User Rights are temporary of course, & last only as long as your Internship. Sentinel & Moderator rights are a good start to prove one’s worth, since it the former allows for full vandalism prevention & cleanup (since Sentinels can block users as well as undo bad edits), while the latter could also allow one to have a taste of social leadership via Moderator rights. Skilled & frequent usage of these two powers will see you join Staff in no time.
How to be a good Intern
Stay active. That’s the biggest thing you can do, stay active. Don’t be afraid to use your rights simply because you’re not Staff; act like you’re already a fully fledged Staff Member, & you will likely become one. Other than that, try not to abuse your power, because it will sharply curb your chances at becoming Staff, but then again, not using your power at all will result in the same thing. It’s a thin thread to tread upon, but you’ll have to learn how to find a good balance in order to be a successful Intern. If you’d like to read more about where that line is, read this article.