What Indigenous interns say

I was exposed to a work environment in the city. I gained an understanding of what it was like to live in the metro area and participating in a more developed organization that managed smaller and broader indigenous services in health in Western Australia.  Overall it has been a unique experience for me personally and one I will remember.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA

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 am truly grateful for this experience and I believe I have made many memories during my stay.

Brenna O. Bernardino, First Peoples Health Unit

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

The experience and knowledge I gained will be something that will direct where I will go after University and in my arts career.  The best aspects were being able to engage in a pathway which is related to my studies as this was something I have been needing over the past three years whilst studying at art school. 

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

My experience at SNAICC has been eye opener for me, being a community sector worker and now seeing through difference lens of Indigenous Affairs around 'children rights' for families and communities.

Sherilee Kartinyeri, SNAICC

I feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity to give back to a place that has unconditionally supported me over the past 7 years, as I know that the work I have done throughout my internship is valuable, and makes a difference to other Indigenous students. Aurora somewhat feels like a second family, and by doing this internship, and meeting more of the team, I feel like my family and support system has extended. I loved feeling part of something special and working with an incredible team that make magic happen. Aurora makes a huge difference in so many students' lives, because what you do best, above all else, is believe in and support us unconditionally.

Oceania Henry, TAI - Camps

Highlights were gaining hands-on practical skills, creating professional networking opportunities and developing positive work ethics and professional identity. 

Allison Morgan, WGN

The Aurora Placement gave me the opportunity to explore, learn and work within the WEHI. Being able to use the machines, carry out techniques and being in an environment that allowed me to ask many questions felt like this understanding was facilitated and meant my learning experience felt productive.  This opportunity has created such intrigue for me. I am eager to see what avenues within health and medical research might align with my passions and hopefully explore what post-graduate study and work possibilities are possible within this field.

Kasarina Mann, WEHI

Every step of the way I have felt as if I am a part of the team and have been trusted with a host of different media and comms work including: writing up media releases, social media engagement, assisting with events etc.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW