I was very fortunate to have been placed via the Aurora Internship Program with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) in Broome working alongside their legal practitioners in native title. The experience as a whole was an incredible one.
As I peered with excitement out of the aeroplane window, laying my eyes for the first time on Australia’s west coast, I felt immensely privileged to have been placed in Broome.
When I applied for the Aurora Internship Program, I had already completed my undergraduate degree and I was awaiting an admission into the Honours program in anthropology. I was at a point in my career where it was necessary to ascertain some guiding principles moving forward.
During the summer before my final year of law school, I had the great fortune of undertaking an Aurora internship with the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC), a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB).
Through the Aurora Internship Program I was placed at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), based at their Perth office. I was there for 6 weeks throughout November and December 2017. YMAC is a not for profit Native Title Representative Body.
After completing a legal unit on comparative Indigenous rights early in 2017, I was eager to learn more about how the law regarding native title functioned in Victoria. The Aurora internship gave me the perfect opportunity to follow this interest.
I was incredibly lucky to have been hosted by the KLC for a five-week internship via the Aurora Internship Program.
Sit down, be humble
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.