What Indigenous interns say

I have learnt a lot whilst completing my internship at AV, being able to sit in on executive team meetings has given me a valuable understanding into the processes of governments. Furthermore, working within the treaty team has given me a unique insight into the current treaty process in Victoria.  My internship at AV has also provided the opportunity to develop substantive legal skills and connect the theory and practice of law by experiencing the law in practice outside of the classroom and textbooks.  Finally, whilst at AV I have been able to strengthen existing relationships as well as form new ones with the Victorian Aboriginal community. Much like the rest of Aboriginal Australia, my community has been encouraged by the treaty discussions in Victoria and will be keeping a close watch on the process.

Clinton Benjamin, AV (formerly OAAV)

Through the Internship Program I have developed my skills and knowledge and had the opportunity to gain real-world experiences within the field I have recently graduated. I was able to confidently engage and established authentic relationships with these young people, who will forever have an influence on my life. I am very fortunate for the support and opportunity that I have received from Aurora and FYA and have only furthered my drive to want to work within my community.

Harriet De Souza, FYA

I have really enjoyed Susan’s company, and have learned so much from her during my internship. I am extremely grateful for the time we’ve had together, and for the opportunity.

Ruby Langton-Batty, Susan Phillips

There were many rewarding moments, however being able to go on country and attend the claimant meetings were what I found most valuable and unforgettable.

Jessica Moody, KLC

I found my experience extremely rewarding and insightful. I once was an Aboriginal woman who knew little about the child protection space, which is concerning as it affects so many of our mob. I am now proud to say that I have been a part of an organisation that advocates to keep our Aboriginal children and young people safe and protected.

Lakkari Pitt, AbSec

I learnt a lot about native title and the people represented in a short period of time. It gave me ideas about employment opportunities both in and outside of native title, valuable contacts, and a better understanding of what professional anthropologists actually do.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my six-week placement at Arts Law, and feel as though I have learnt so much which will assist my professional development. I also feel grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing organisation and group of individuals. 

Sharna White, ALCA

This was a valuable, rewarding, well-rounded and enlightening educational experience which showed me that a legal career can be about more than just black letter law; it can be about empowering the community and building relationships.  Indigenous cultural and intellectual property (ICIP) was a fascinating and challenging area of law to experience. I was excited to learn from someone so well regarded and I learnt a great deal under her mentorship.  My time at on placement taught me a key truth: everything in this area of law has to do with people and what motivates them. The law can be used to empower your clients to achieve their dreams, and to fight for their rights when the chips are down.

Sasha Purcell, Terri Janke

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

Overall, I enjoyed my 6-week Aurora internship at Arts Law and believe that this experience has allowed me to further develop and gain skills, which will assist with my professional development

Sharna White, ALCA