have an interest in the area of native title and/or the broader Indigenous sector
have a strong sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity
have good interpersonal and communication skills.
Skills and qualifications that are particularly relevant to the social science stream generally include:
Media and communication
What sort of work can I expect to do during my social science internship?
Interns can be placed in either the native title or broader Indigenous sector, supporting the research staff of their Host.
Interns should expect to be given a balance of challenging and interesting tasks along with a fair amount of administration tasks (database entry, filing etc.)
Professionals with a background in history, archaeology and cultural heritage play a key role in the native title process in Australia by conducting research, undertaking field work and preparing "connection reports" and genealogical data for claims under the Native Title Act 1993. Their expertise can also be applied to research being conducted and reports being prepared by other Host organisations.
Many of the associated tasks undertaken by social science interns can be similar to those done by anthropology interns. Interns with a social science background focusing on environmental management and community development may find themselves working on Land and Sea Ranger programs that many Hosts are developing, as they are a growing part of native title and Indigenous land rights. Aside from these and depending on particular expertise, tasks could also include:
recording of rock art sites
assisting in the preparation of and attending a heritage survey
spatial database entry
site connection reports.
Other social science internships may also have a media/communications or education focus.