For five weeks over June – July I was privileged to undertake an Aurora internship with the Northern Territory Government’s Aboriginal Justice Unit, which operates under the Department of Attorney-General and Justice.
The Aurora Internship Program places students and graduates in law, anthropology, and social sciences in internships with organisations that have a focus on the Indigenous sector and native title. I was lucky enough to be placed with the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin.
Darwin is an incredibly vibrant city. It is multicultural, but in a different way to Sydney or Melbourne. It’s rare to come across a true local – that is, someone who was born and bred in Darwin and continues to live there.
I decided to apply for an Aurora internship in the final semester of my Bachelor of Arts, in which I took an extended major in anthropology. At that point in my degree, getting a taste of ‘real life anthropology’ was exactly what I wanted and also felt I needed to do.
During the winter of 2018, I completed a 4 week Aurora internship in the legal branch at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin, Northern Territory. I was fortunate to be funded by Gilbert and Tobin during my internship.
As part of the Aurora Internship Program, I was given the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with NAAJA in the Law and Justice Projects division, working with the Law and Justice Projects manager, Community Legal Education (CLE) team, Restorative Justice officer, and the Peer Panel coordinator.
The first time I heard about the Aurora Internship Program was through a friend of mine who had recently returned from an anthropology internship in Alice Springs.
A jam-packed six weeks with Artback NT
From June to July 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity of interning with The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) in Darwin, through the Aurora Internship Program.