What Indigenous interns say

I’m exceptionally grateful to the Aurora Internship Program for giving me the opportunity to further my career and network.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

Overall, I had an invaluable experience. Most importantly, the experience turned my mind to: how ‘rights’ which Aboriginal people have gained in the western legal system can be used effectively and to their benefit into the future.

Bridget Cama, NLC

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

This experience has taught me so much about myself and where my arts can take me, which has been something I have been really needing these past few year.

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

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

Over my short four weeks, I have strengthened my knowledge of the criminal justice system and learned how ACT policy differs from Victoria. It has definitely reinforced my aspiration to choose a career pathway in this field – which is one of the key things I wanted to gain out of the placement.

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

My time and experience here at SNAICC has really opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes for our kids, and how important non-for-profit organisations are for the improved future of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children going through child protection and family services.  

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

My expectations of the internship experience were greatly exceeded. I have completed work experience multiple times in the past and was never given tasks that required responsibility and decision-making. The tasks I was delegated at Aurora were meaningful and I was often asked for my inputs and opinions when the team was making important decisions.

It has helped me grow professionally and personally. I think I have learnt a lot of valuable things that will assist me with my future studies.

Gemma Pol, AEF

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

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA