Before undertaking my internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I have worked as a professional electrical engineer for 3 and ½ years in Perth.
I am a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology & Archaeology) student at James Cook University. I did a 5 week Aurora Internship at the Northern Land Council, commencing in November 2013, as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. .
After completing a Bachelor of Arts, I happened upon the Aurora Project whilst wondering where my major in anthropology could possibly take me in life.
My arrival in Darwin could not have been lovelier; leaving the airport, I was welcomed by a balmy 24 degrees, even at 1.30am. This was an auspicious start to my five-week stay to intern at the Northern Land Council (‘NLC’) and I could not have been more thrilled.
The purpose of this report is to explore my experience as a intern placed at the Northern Land Council as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program winter 2012 round. This report will give some valuable feedback about my six weeks work experience in the Northern Land Council (NLC).
Land councils and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs organisations are employers of anthropologists.
Aboriginal land rights and native title law are not considered mainstream areas of law and are therefore often overlooked as potential areas of practice by law students.
Spending six weeks working in a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) is enough time to realise just how much work there is to be done and how few hours there are in one day to get through it. The job of a lawyer at the NTRB is very diverse and rewarding.
Although I finished my anthropology degree seven years ago, when the opportunity arose to apply for the internship program I decided it was something I would like to experience.