Your assistant might be a tremendous help, relieving you from mundane tasks that eat up your time and cut into your creative flesh.
Your intern could also be your greatest asset, filtering information through a unique set of experiences and offering insight into areas you may not be aware of.
Assistant or ally.
Not mutually exclusive, but your point of view largely determines the outcome.
Experiment and see what’s most beneficial to you, your work, and your potentially greatest ambassador.