During June to July 2017 I completed an Aurora internship with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) in Darwin.
Reflecting on my time as an Aurora intern with Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory (APO NT), I could not be happier that I made the choice to apply to the Aurora Internship Program for the 2017 winter round.
During the winter break of 2017, I completed a four week internship with the Northern Land Council (NLC) through the Aurora Internship Program. By way of background, the NLC is a statutory body that represents and consults with the Traditional Owners of Aboriginal land.
I was fortunate enough to participate in two Aurora Project internships this year.
My five weeks at NAAJA were filled with some of the most interesting and hands-on legal work I have done thus far in my, admittedly baby, legal career.
Having just graduated with my double degree, I knew I wanted to continue my studies and undertake honours. But I felt I was lacking in the practical experience that often comes with anthropological work.
I spent six weeks as an Aurora intern in the Law and Justice section of NAAJA in Darwin in the summer of 2016/2017. I had the pleasure of also doing various tasks for the criminal and the civil law NAAJA teams and so my time there was varied.
The Aurora Internship Program provided me with a unique opportunity to gain practical legal experience, work in public interest environmental law, meet with Traditional Owners of the land, and explore and live a new city all at once.
In early 2017, I had the privilege of undergoing my second Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program at the Northern Land Council’s East Arnhem regional office in Nhulunbuy.
This summer I completed six weeks as an intern at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) through the Aurora Internship Program. The internship gave me the opportunity to gain experience in legal practice with a focus on social justice for Indigenous peoples.