During the 2017/18 summer break I undertook a 5-week Aurora Internship placement at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin. The NLC is responsible for assisting Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the Northern Territory to acquire and manage their traditional lands and seas.
During the summer of 2018, I spent 5 weeks working as an intern in the legal branch at the Northern Land Council (NLC).
Having just returned from a six month trip for my semester abroad where I studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Darwin was a real shock to the system. Firstly, my body struggled to handle the relentless and sweaty humidity, and I was shaken by the tropical rain every evening.
Travelling to the Top End for the first time, in November of 2017 I undertook a four week internship at the Northern Land Council (‘NLC’) in Darwin.
The one expectation I had of my experience as an Aurora intern was to begin to resolve the question that had been raised over my first four years at University regarding the value and legitimacy of Anthropology in relation to Indigenous affairs.
During my final semester of studies at university I discovered the Aurora Internship program, the perfect exposure to the workforce with an Indigenous organisation and the opportunity to live in a different part of Australia.
I am originally from Darwin, so I already planned on going back for the summer break. I thought that these holidays would be the perfect opportunity to gain some work experience as I had just finished my first year of postgraduate law.
Getting your foot in the law firm door via a legal internship is part of the standard segue from student to lawyer. There you can learn the ropes from the ground up. An internship as a judges' assistant or associate seems a heady leap from classroom to chambers.
When I received confirmation of my Aurora placement with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in Darwin for six weeks over the winter break I was overjoyed. The prospect of working for such a unique organisation was extremely exciting.
During the Winter 2017 round I was lucky enough to do a 4-week Aurora internship at the Local Court of the Northern Territory in Darwin (formerly the Magistrates Court). I was placed in chambers being supervised by the Chief Judge Dr John Lowndes and his Assistant.