About the Internship Program
The Program commenced in 2004 with the placement of legal interns at a limited number of NTRBs and other organisations working in the broader Indigenous sector. To address the needs of anthropology and research staff at NTRBs and PBCs, the Program expanded to include anthropology students and graduates in 2006 and other social science (namely archeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates in 2007. More recently the Program accepts applications from applicants with a background in media/communications, business, education, health science and social work.
Moving forward, we will be focussing more on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous ) students and graduates via internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. An exciting development is that the Commonwealth will provide financial support via scholarships for Indigenous interns under the Program. To date the Program has had only small numbers of Indigenous candidates due to us being unable to offer financial support.
The Program places Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students and graduates (including mature aged) in full-time unpaid 4 to 6 week internships, at over 130 organisations Australia-wide, all with an Indigenous focus, working in the area of:
- Native title
- Land rights
- Policy development
- Social justice
- Social welfare
- Human rights
- Community development
- Environmental policy.
The Program offers candidates an opportunity to gain professional work experience and improve career opportunities available at NTRBs, PBCs and other organisations working in the broader Indigenous sector. It is aimed at candidates who are seeking work experience and a keen interest in native title, land rights, social justice, policy development and research, all with an Indigenous focus. An internship is a great way to gain exposure into the professional work environment and develop professional workplace skills. All placements are 4 - 6 week unpaid and are available in all major cities and some remote areas of Australia.
The Program not only provides much needed assistance to under-resourced Host organisations but also promotes career opportunities by raising awareness of the native title system and the broader Indigenous sector, attracting students and graduates to work in the sector. The quality of the interns is demonstrated by the eagerness of Aurora Hosts to retain alumni of the Program on a longer-term basis.
An agreement in principle has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Aurora Internship Program (the Program) through to the end of February 2019.