Darwin. That sunny, Top-End city, characterised by red dirt, crocodiles and wild national parks. Being a relatively ambitious country girl, I had always dreamed about living in a city with the perfect combination of the city and nature.
I did my Aurora placement at the Darwin office of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as part of the Aurora Internship Program. NAAJA has separate sections which undertake criminal work, civil work and community education respectively.
Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the staff at the Aurora Project for providing me with the opportunity to undertake an Aurora legal internship.
The South Australian Law Foundation scholarship provided me with the opportunity to accept an interstate internship facilitated by the Aurora Project Internship Program, within the Northern Land Council (NLC) in the Northern Territory.
Even now I can’t believe how quickly my Aurora Project internship with the Law and Justice Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) passed. Time flies when you are having fun – and also when you’re busy – two things I happened to be during my internship.
Like many other stressed law students looking for a reason to stay motivated in the rigorous and stressful beast known as law school, I began searching for a reason to stay focused, inspired and driven for the final leg of my seemingly endless degree.
NAILSMA is a not-for-profit organisation that runs projects to support and enhance Indigenous land and sea management practices, in addition to many other cultural and economic practices.
As much as working 40 hours a week in retail and bracing the Adelaide chill had proven to be a steady winter break routine for the first four years of my law degree, I was ever more excited for what winter 2015 had in store for me.
Don’t let the fact that it’s in Australia fool you; I got culture shock when I stepped out of Darwin Airport into a dry 33 degrees, after leaving Canberra in subzero temperatures.
Interning in Darwin during July, escaping the -5 weather of Canberra and entering a balmy 30-degree day average was a definite bonus I hadn’t considered when applying for an Aurora internship with NAAJA, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.