During the winter of 2018, I had the pleasure of participating in the Aurora Internship Program through which I undertook a month-long internship with Native Title Barrister Ms. Susan Phillips at 13th Floor St James Hall, Sydney.
I was fortunate enough to participate in two Aurora Project internships this year.
Having grown up in Far North Queensland close to a large Indigenous community, I have always been drawn to working with Indigenous Australians. Even as a young child I remember being shocked by the extent of prejudice against Aboriginal people in Queensland.
I began my Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program, with native title Barrister, Susan Phillips, knowing very little about native title law and having done only a little substantive legal work outside of university.
As a proud Wiradjuri women, I am very passionate about furthering the course of Indigenous people in my studies in law at the University of Melbourne.
I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of the Aurora Internship Program for the third time. From late July to September of 2016, I had the immense pleasure of working with Ms. Susan Phillips, a native title barrister working on the 13th Floor of St James Hall.
Law students should know better than anyone that the best things in life are free! We are willing to do a lot for a little and this may explain why internships are becoming all the more competitive.
I applied for an Aurora Native Title Internship Program hoping to be placed with the native title barrister, Susan Phillips. I never thought I would be successful in getting my first preference. So when the Placements Manager called to say that I was successful I was ecstatic.