Northern Land Council

I had an amazing time during the internship and it allowed me to see what land rights legal work is like. Especially now that I'm back at uni, I definitely consider work at a native title rep body as something I'd like to pursue in the future. 

Lauren Pavli , NLC

The experience has further re-affirmed my desire to work in Australia as an Anthropologist especially with a Land Council like the NLC.

Nicole Donnelly, NLC

I am much more excited about my future career in law as a result of this internship because to be honest, the corporate law career is not where I see myself ending up. This internship showed me that there is definitely an area of law I can feel passionate about.

Hannah Court, NLC

This is all great experience for a recent graduate, utilising critical thinking and drawing on a range of fundamental anthropological knowledge to achieve practical and useful ends. ​

Jonathan Fox, NLC

I welcomed this internship as a chance to place my studies into a real and pragmatic context and to balance my university-derived theoretical grounding with anthropological fieldwork practice.

Tommaso Piva, NLC

In my opinion, the best aspects of the internship program is the insight into the working environment and typical work of an NTRB.  I think that what is great about Aurora in particular is that they have established such great relationships with the organisations they partner with that the interns are held in high esteem by the organisation because of the integrity of Aurora. There is no trial period for an intern, they are thrown into the deep end as it is understood that Aurora will have chosen good interns.

Sophie McLeod, NLC

I could not recommend this internship program more highly. It was the most well organised program I have participated in during my tertiary studies. The placements team provided excellent help and assistance, and gave me all the information I needed to pursue my internship confidently.

Cristabel Gekas, NLC

The internship gives interns a much needed exposure to administration in Indigenous affairs. No studies can prepare a student on how to work as a mining or joint-management project officer, only work experience through this kind of internship will teach them.

Paddy Mohan, NLC

I had an amazing time during the internship and it allowed me to see what land rights legal work is like. Especially now that I'm back at uni, I definitely consider work at a native title rep body as something I'd like to pursue in the future. 

Lauren Pavli, NLC

The internship with the NLC has been a valuable and enjoyable experience contributing to both my personal and professional development. The five weeks were spent constantly learning and developing a deeper understanding of the work of Land Councils, the role of Anthropologists within a Land Council and the practical challenges of working in this field.

Nicole Donnelly, NLC

Not only did I learn significant amounts through this experience but the Aurora internship clarified what I wanted to do as a career and really set me up in the field. As a final year Law and Anthropology student, this role made me realise that there was a way I could utilise both degrees and make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Ellie Zola, NLC

This past six weeks has been one of the best experiences. I wasn’t aware of an anthropology career outside the academy before this and now I feel really excited about the potential to engage in applied anthropology as a career

Nell Reidy , NLC

I did a lot more practical work for the Land Council than I had thought and my knowledge/understanding of Native Title and Land Rights has increased dramatically.

Eli Solomon , NLC

My internship at the NLC among the very busy legal team was fantastic as a driver to keep me on track towards a (mature-aged) career in law.

Lee Campbell, NLC

Interning at the NLC offered me the opportunity of applying theoretical knowledge from my studies in anthropology and political science to a professional environment, in the context of land rights, native title and development.

John Dooley, NLC

The very existence of Aurora has reversed a view that I was developing about the lack of potential employment for anthropologists outside the academy. This was very timely and the entire internship opportunity is something I appreciate very much.

Emma Wical, NLC

I was provided a very rich practical insight into native title and Aboriginal land rights and the internship definitely confirmed for me that I want to work in Aboriginal legal issues.

Elena Zola, NLC

Thank you for the amazing experience I had whilst on my internship and the fact that it has progressed to a full time graduate job. As an Indigenous person in particular, I wanted to be in a job where I engaged with my people and undertake work that sincerely interested me and the program created a real pathway to employment.   

Jasmine Onus, NLC

During my time in Darwin, I learnt an enormous amount about the social, political and cultural context of legal issues surrounding native title claims and Aboriginal Land.  It was also an invaluable introduction to the variety of traditional decision making processes and how two systems of law can interact, clash or overlap.

Claire Toole, NLC

This internship as given me the opportunity to experience practical anthropological work for the first time in my life, and to discover the beauty of one of the oldest cultures in the world.

Alexandra Pluss, NLC

My experience at NLC was eye opening and valuable. I learnt more than I ever have working part time in a law firm in such a short space of time. However, I also became painfully aware how complex the area of the law surrounding land rights and native title can be.

Alana Humphris, NLC

What benefited me most about my placement with the NLC was the way that I was able to apply what I had learnt in my tertiary studies, particularly my Anthropology major, to real and ongoing work and projects in land rights and native title.

John Dooley, NLC

I feel incredibly privileged to have completed my internship with the NLC. Throughout the entirety of my internship, I was kept stimulated and challenged, and felt that I was able to make a genuine contribution to the NLC’s work.  Working with the NLC was therefore both rewarding and challenging in equal measure.

Cristabel Gekas, NLC

The internship has most certainly put into perspective my learning at university and has given me a much clearer sense of direction in terms of my future career. Overall, the internship has been extremely well run and it was an incredibly valuable experience.

Cristabel Gekas , NLC

So my reasons for applying were twofold - to "be there" and to learn by being there. The fact that I was able to help in a small way as an intern gives me hope for being able to make a larger contribution to the work done in land councils once I graduate and can apply for regional anthropologist positions.

Emma Wical, NLC

My internship experience was fantastic. I was delegated work that was stimulating and challenging, and feel like I gained a real working insight into Native Title and Land Rights.

Cristabel Gekas, NLC