With international travel and voluntourism filling the bucket lists of many young Australians, our own (very big) backyard can be the last place many of us look for new and enriching experiences.
I was wondering how hot it was going to be when I disembarked from the plane at Broome. I soon worked that out when I put my hand on the window pane and felt the heat trying to penetrate the glass. When I stepped off the plane it was the hottest I had ever experienced.
To complement my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I thought that it would useful to gain some work experience. I have always been interested in Indigenous affairs, so the Aurora Internship Program was an obvious choice for me.
After having recently graduated from my BA in anthropology and archaeology I decided to apply for my third internship through the Aurora Internship Program and was privileged enough to be successful.
When I applied to the Aurora Internship Program I did not know what acceptance would entail, or even if I would enjoy the experience- I just knew that it was something I desperately wanted to try. I had a newly found passion for social justice and human rights.
Just before the summer wet set in to cut through the humid mass of air sitting upon Darwin, I arrived to spend 5 weeks working with the Legal Branch of the Northern Land Council (NLC) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
I was placed at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for five weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program summer 2016/17 round.
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.
The phrase ‘penultimate year’ seems to appear everywhere, for law students feeling the pressure to gain experience before graduating. Despite somehow being in my seventh year at uni (a terrifying realisation!), it felt like I’d blinked and was at the pointy, decision-making end of my studies.
Prior to my time at GLSC I was unaware of how native title operates once a determination has been made by the court. I was surprised to discover that native title does not operate in its own bubble as one area of law. During my two weeks at GLSC I was also exposed to corporate law and contract