Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

It has been wonderful to know that the work you are doing might be used in the future. To know that what you are doing is making a difference - that is rewarding in itself.

Zoe van Der Lee, AIATSIS

It was inspiring to have a chance to work and interact with some of the foremost experts in native title at the office, whilst at the same time reading their publications in the area. Overall, working with AIATSIS was an invaluable experience.

Bede Thompson, AIATSIS

My internship opened my eyes up to the multifaceted and complex nature of native title law and it grounded in me a better understanding of the entire sector.​

Denae Dekakis, AIATSIS

My experience at AIATSIS exceeded all my expectations and the people who I worked with in the Native Title Research Unit have certainly inspired me to be more involved in native title work in the future.

Ashoor Khan, AIATSIS

My time at AIATSIS was eye opening and has inspired me to pursue a professional career in policy research and to further my understanding of the native title sector throughout my academic career.

Kelsey Bagust, AIATSIS

Thank you - I really had the most incredibly inspiring time at AIATSIS.

Alexandra Crowe, AIATSIS

The internship was a very positive experience - it has also given me a good momentum to start the year and I have made great friends and great connections.​

Danae Lekakis, AIATSIS

I am so grateful for the time I’ve spent at AIATSIS. It has been such a fantastic opportunity for me to develop an understanding of Indigenous cultures and peoples and their role in Environmental management within Australia. I’ve learnt so much!  The experience of working in government has really shaped my understanding of public service work and has helped inform future decisions about my career.

Kelsey Bagust, AIATSIS

Internships allow graduates to gain an understanding of how the fields of research and public policy operate and introduce them to potential employers and networks.​

Tim Heffernan, AIATSIS

 The Aurora internship experience was fantastic, insightful and highly informative  

Michael Harwood, AIATSIS

Overall, my time at AIATSIS was an incredibly valuable experience for me and I have left with a much greater understanding of native title.  

Lee Usher-Clarke, AIATSIS

[At AIATSIS] everyone is incredibly knowledgeable and you feel as if you are learning new things every day.

Zoe van Der Lee, AIATSIS

I went in with a pretty limited understanding of native title, and even the role of AIATSIS in the Indigenous affairs sector. I left with a passion for native title, Indigenous affairs and a profound respect for the work done by organisations such as AIATSIS. 

Kelsey Bagust, AIATSIS

My experience at AIATSIS exceeded all expectations and I am so glad that I was able to do my internship here. The insights and perspectives of the staff in the native title research unit really inspired me to learn more about native title law as well as other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ashoor Khan, AIATSIS

As an undergraduate studying Indigenous anthropology, tackling and working within the field of government policy and framework from the position of student-intern, proved very valuable.

Michael Harwood, AIATSIS

I have not experienced such an engaging role in my work life outside of university, thus motivating me to develop my skills further in this area in order to become well qualified for similar positions in the future.

Alison Ross, AIATSIS

My work was fascinating and diverse and I gained insight into many aspects of the native title system.

Alice Nagel, AIATSIS

My Aurora internship has given me an opportunity to gain experience and insight into working in native title research and policy, which I am certain will be invaluable in my future career.

Jessica Ward, AIATSIS

My Aurora internship has provided me with valuable insight into the native title process, and furthered my interest in Indigenous studies as I move into the post graduate sphere.

Kelsie-Anne Bencich, AIATSIS