GLSC

Name: 
Goldfields Land and Sea Council
Type: 
NTRB

The practical skills the internship has given me the opportunity to develop go beyond what you are able to learn in University, and will stand me in good stead for the future.

Annalise Bryant, GLSC

The internship was a very rewarding, and the knowledge gotten from it was similar to from a uni course with a practical component, but very real. It gives you a chance to experience work as a native title anthropologist first-hand, and perhaps, experience native title as something living and deeply engaging.

Alexis Schlegal, GLSC

Using some ethnography as primary research material has really deepened my knowledge and understanding of the native title process, and certain issues that are fundamental to it. Also, I have learnt a lot more about traditional Aboriginal culture, social relations, and environments.

Alexis Schlegal , GLSC

My time as an Aurora intern at the GLSC was thoroughly enjoyable, rewarding, educational and personally expanding.

Lawson Rennie, GLSC

Overall my internship has been a truly unforgettable experience, and it’s definitely inspired me to pursue a career in Native Title.

Gretel Bull, GLSC

 I am grateful for this experience as it has given me a taste of 'working life', and developed a number of useful skills such as organisation, self awareness, sensitivity and communication.

Olivia Lim, GLSC

The best aspects of the program is that you are able to gain an unvarnished view of what working in native title law involves and able to learn from your mentors' experiences. During my placement I was confronted with the many obstacles, challenges and frustrations that NTRBs face, which has given me a whole new level of respect for people working in native title.

Olivia Lim, GLSC

This has been a unique experience that I’m not going to forget any time soon and will definitely be on my mind next time I’m job hunting.

Sarah Jones, GLSC

Seeing lawyers who love what they do putting the theoretical legal concepts into practice has reignited my excitement to be undertaking a law degree!​ The legal work is complex and interesting and yet at the heart of it is something that is so unbelievably important – ensuring that Aboriginal people's interests and, more so, long lasting connection to land is recognised and protected at law. 

Victoria Camp, GLSC

I have always thought of native title as an area that I may potentially like to work in and my placement has only confirmed this further.

Anna-Lisa DeChiera, GLSC

This internship has been an incredible experience, has provided valuable insight into the importance of the native title system and to learn about the history and development of native title law. It also enabled me to learn about the policy differences between Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation in greater detail, and the implications they have on Indigenous Australians.

Justin Chan, GLSC

It has been fascinating working in an area of law I was otherwise fairly unfamiliar with, and gaining a true insight into how native title claims function. I have practiced, perfected and learnt a lot of invaluable skills

Anna Carlander-Munro, GLSC

Overall my internship has been a truly unforgettable experience, and it’s definitely inspired me to pursue a career in Native Title.

Gretel Bull, GLSC

I’ve seen some people who seem to have endless energy and drive, who have lived lives that few of us can imagine and still want to try to lead their communities to better things. These people are willing to work though the bureaucracy to preserve their heritage for future generations.

Sarah Jones, GLSC

This internship was really about providing a much needed service to the lawyers, rather than being a structured work experience program targeted at myself as the intern. I could really tell that the lawyers were greatly appreciative and I was given a lot more responsibility and trust than I expected.

Katherine Werren, GLSC

The best aspects are that you get first-hand work experience in Native Title, which deepens your understanding of both Native Title, and the processes of a claim, but also lets you experience what it is like to have this job, so you know what it is like. In addition, having the extra bonus of having the platform of having done an internship in this field, which gets you a foot in the door to get a job in this industry.

Alexis Schlegal , GLSC

I had a very honest representation of what working as a lawyer in native title is like.  

Catherine Graville, GLSC

If you take one thing away from your Aurora internship, it is an understanding of the complexity of the native title system and the immeasurable impact that lack of control over their traditional lands has on Indigenous Australians. 

Hannah Lucas, GLSC

I am so grateful for having been given this opportunity. I feel like it has really given me some direction for my studies and has opened a door to future work in Native Title. 

Victoria Camp, GLSC

The most rewarding part of my internship were the conversations I had with some of the elders at GLSC, the small details that have given me a broader and more even understanding of Native Title, and the far reaching effects it can have on communities and families.  

Yolanda Symons, GLSC

These past five weeks have been challenging, eye-opening and rewarding. I now have a better grasp of this area of law and have developed more of an interest in contemporary Indigenous issues.

Olivia Lim, GLSC

It was inspiring to work with people who had dedicated their professional careers to such a honourable goal of achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous claimants.  I now see working in native title as a possible career path.

Catherine Graville, GLSC

I have always thought of native title as an area that I may potentially like to work in and my placement has only confirmed this further. I have enjoyed using my knowledge from both my law and community development degrees and learning so many new things each day about the claimant groups’ cultures and histories.

Anna-Lisa DeChiera, GLSC

Undertaking this internship has provided me with quality legal work experience, as well as a valuable insight into the importance of the native title system.

Justin Chanlongsirichai, GLSC

I learned a lot from this experience, it helped me develop as a person and professionally. It is a great opportunity to network, to make friends and to learn more about this exciting sector. It defined my interest in land rights and convinced me that I want to work in this sector.

Luis Aguilar , GLSC

I’ve been lucky enough to have some experiences that are unique to practicing law in native title, and the GLSC has been fantastic at making sure I got those experiences. Native title will now always be a consideration for me in my future career choices.

Sarah Jones, GLSC

I was very happy to be given 'real' work that would contribute to the operation GLSC. I was also able to hear first-hand the frustrations faced by the claimants themselves, which was a very valuable experience as it made me more empathetic to their situation, and challenged some popular views that native title has solved the past injustices faced by Aboriginals in Australia.

Olivia Lim, GLSC

I had an incredible time, met some amazing people, gained an appreciation of the complexities and challenges of working in native title and felt like I was able to help ease the load for a while.

Joanna Abbiss, GLSC