What Indigenous interns say

I am so grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to attend IMPACT and the National Native Title conference; it has been the highlight of the year and a seminal moment in my life. It really affirmed for me the direction I want go, and what space I want to be working in and creating change. It also showed me how much learning I have yet to do, so I’m leaving this experience even more passionate and excited!

Paris Mordecai, FYA

The best aspects of the internship program in general is the opportunity to get real experience working in Indigenous affairs. Also, the networking opportunities are incredible as you are able to meet people within your industry and make positive connections, which are priceless for future employment opportunities. As well as this, being able to get paid for the work is incredibly important. As someone who has carer responsibilities, I would not have been able to participate if I had to work for free. The fact that Aurora funds the internship is so important and really amazing. I wish I had done an internship every year of my degree.

Ashleigh Johnstone, Paradisec

I could see how TAI was empowering, engaging and supporting Indigenous youth and helping them realise and achieve their potential academically and culturally.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

As an Aboriginal person, I have a passion for working with Aboriginal people, giving back to my community and working to make a difference. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn more about my culture, my country, my language and develop as a person. I have always been proud of my culture but have never felt ‘truly Indigenous’ because of my skin colour. I believe this experience has benefited me professionally as it has reaffirmed my pride and that I am Indigenous, which I believe will help me to relate to my Indigenous patients. My supervisor has really inspired me as a role model and I look forward to making a difference in my field.

Allison Morgan, WGN

My placement has made me feel like I have really contributed to the work they are and will continue to be doing when I leave, while valuing my opinion for future resources to benefit Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children in child protection.   I have learnt so much not only about policy research but about what it means to have a full time 9-5 working job which has been a great learning experience.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

The First Peoples Health Unit is an amazing organisation, with all the people involved so passionate about Indigenous health, academic achievements and belonging. The most rewarding aspects of my placement was the cultural knowledge I was able to gain from speaking to other Indigenous people, attending cultural tours and simply researching the area of cultural safety.  It showed me how crucial and important Indigenous research on health was to closing the gap.  As I am Indigenous myself, it allowed me to be more in touch with my heritage and allowed me to feel connected to other Aboriginal people and the environment in a way I have never felt before, and I am extremely grateful for that. It has improved my confidence, social skills and overall development as a person after gaining so much cultural knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture. I gained much more than just professional experience.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

I feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to have such an extraordinary experience, as I only have an administrative background of real world experience of financials and Indigenous business development and growth, and to have the opportunity to develop with my degree and utilise my skills learned from uni is a great advantage on my career development.  My experience here with the IBA team has been an “epic” adventure and has broadened my mind on indigenous engagement, development and commerce opportunities for the indigenous community as well as the small business and home ownership opportunities to the Indigenous community.

Cassandra Page, IBA

It was a very welcoming environment at KCLS and it was so rewarding to get good outcomes for the clients. It was great to develop friendships and work relationships that are meaningful.

Kira Clark, KCLS

The Cultural Unit has enabled me to see the strength and power that culture can have in government organisations, as well as allowing me to further develop my knowledge and understanding of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture. This opportunity has truly been a substantial experience that exceeded my expectations and one that allowed me to reflect on my future career direction.

Jessica Laing, YJ

This experience has set up a pathway into my future that I was always keen on pursuing, but it has given me clarity and a realistic vision I can strive to pursue.  I honestly cannot thank Aurora enough for this opportunity and experience and generosity.

Jay Lee Snowden, Just Reinvest/Maranguka