What Indigenous interns say

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

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

This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have been fortunate enough to be a part of.  Overall I have found this internship to be extremely rewarding as I have learned a lot in a short period of time and hopefully I can come back to YMAC for another stint with this amazing team.

Duane Kelly, YMAC

The best aspects of the internship program was being able to extend my cultural knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced within our remote communities. This has motivated me to get more experience in cross-cultural communication and community development work.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

I found the internship to be a rewarding experience in multiple aspects and it was a positive experience on all fronts. It was important to me that I played my role in the organisation, and it has been great to hear that the work I completed while I was at AIATSIS has been useful. The experience has inspired and reignited my passions regarding Indigenous affairs. My experience was overwhelmingly positive, and I'm so glad I entered the program. I'd like to thank everyone who makes the program possible!

Lucy Schroeder, AIATSIS

The Aurora internship has been very beneficial to my studies and extended my legal knowledge. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the non-for profit sector and working alongside passionate legal professionals. Working in native title has confirmed my interest in this legal area and I hope to work as a legal practitioner in a NTRB organisation upon graduation.

Mikaela French, CYLC

The most rewarding aspect of my internships was learning new skills and being exposed to experienced professionals and possible job opportunities.

Hope Saba, First Peoples Health Unit

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

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

This internship has been a fantastic opportunity for me, I have learnt so much about the industry and about anthropology, I have a good understanding of the literature and have been exposed to so many invaluable sources that I did not know existed before, or had not had a reason to look through until now. I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to be involved, and I believe that this internship will help me find and secure a job after Uni. 

Steve Castell, QSNTS