What Indigenous interns say

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

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 at NAAJA has been invaluable and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to come back one day!

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

I’ve had such a good time learning the practice of native title first hand. It has really solidified the concepts and has been interesting to see how they work in practice. It’s definitely been the best work experience I have been involved in at uni and has made me really keen to practice native title in my career.

Zachary Fraser, TSRA

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

This experience has had a significant impact on myself by strengthening my passions to give back to community, to foster the excellence of our young people, and to be active in the development of our future leaders and change makers. It was also a really enriching experience personally as I was able to come to a greater sense of my Indigeneity through knowledge-sharing with the students.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

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

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

My expectations were 100% exceeded. I went from initially asking if i could reduce my internship feeling overwhelmed (after the first day) to not only doing a 6-week internship but am now staying on to do casual work as a paralegal.  I saw first-hand what kind of lawyer I aspire to be. Overall, I was proud of myself for stepping up and seeing through my internship, and gaining knowledge and confidence to do tasks.  This has positively impacted not only myself but has been beneficial to my studies.  I am also thankful for the support the Aurora staff provided.

Ricki-Lee Walley, KCLS

I was really amazed to see how TAI combines academia and culture when teaching the students. It's a wonderful methodology where one compliments the other perfectly. The commitment shown by the Elders and TAI staff is integral to TAI's success. It was inspiring and humbling to be a part of this for a short time.

Shiralee Lawson, AEF