Indigenous applicants

For the first time, the Internship Program 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns under the Program. 

Eligibility and obligations:

  • We will accept applications from Indigenous candidates who are in their penultimate year of study or above, or have graduated with an academic background in:  Law; Anthropology; Other Social Sciences (including Archeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Environmental Management, Indigenous Studies, History, Human Geography and Sociology); as well as Business, Education, Health Science, Media/Communications, Psychology and social work.
  • We will aim to place Indigenous interns at Indigenous organisations as well as other Indigenous organisations.
  • Internships will run for 4 to 6 weeks full-time, usually over the university breaks with flexibility out of those timeframes for graduates.
  • Scholarships will cover the interns' daily living expenses and, in addition, travel and accommodation costs will be covered for away-from-home placements. Indigenous interns will receive an average of at least $750/week for a 4 to 6-week full-time placement; Note that this is currently awaiting approval from Minister Scullion.  
  • There may be tax implications for Indigenous scholarship recipients who are graduates, and we advise those candidates to see advice from a tax consultant.
  • Indigenous applicants will be assessed according to: their academic record; their demonstrated interest in social justice and/or the Indigenous sector; and their commitment to fulfilling their internship obligations. 
  • Indigenous applicants who are found to be eligible to be placed in a funded placement will be required to provide a declaration of Aboriginality in a form provided by the Department, prior to the commencement of the matching process.  

 Indigenous scholarship recipients will be required to complete an Aurora Commitment Statement which will include the following obligations to:

  • complete their internship in the confirmed timeframe
  • send weekly updates to Aurora
  • provide confirmation that their instalment payments have been received
  • provide receipts for larger expenses (over $200 each) such as airfares and accommodation
  • complete the on-line Aurora Overview questionnaire at the end of their placement
  • write a 1 page reflection on their internship, due 3 weeks after their placement
  • agree to promote the Program and their Host by committing to do a presentation at their university, or attending a Career Fair on our behalf (if possible).


Click here to download the flyer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.


*PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the website, the term "Indigenous" is used to describe Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.