I spent my winter university break in Darwin, interning at Danila Dilba Health Service for four weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program. DDHS provides primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but also has a policy and strategy team.
Stepping out of the aeroplane and into the blistering Darwin heat was like walking straight into the body of a furnace. My breath was embarrassingly laboured from the heavy air and I was sweating profusely as I clambered into the backseat of a taxi.
To finish off my undergraduate degree, I decided to undertake an internship with the Aurora Internship Program over the summer holidays.
In mid November I arrived at the NAAJA offices on Smith Street, Darwin as part of the Aurora Internship Program. I was taken up to the criminal law floor, quickly learning that the different teams of NAAJA were organizationally and physically separated. My supervisor raced me around the office.
Spending six weeks at APO NT via the Aurora Internship Program was the perfect end to my time at university and start of a next chapter. I just finished my Honours year and stepping out of the books and into the real world was a difficult but much needed and welcomed change.