Internship Program

The overall aim of the Internship Program is to facilitate individual professional development by building career experiences and opportunities in the sector, and to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous sector organisations by attracting and retaining talented Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  We pride ourselves on having a transformational impact on the organisations we support and on the career aspirations of our internship alumni. 

  • About the Internship Program

    Now in its 13th year of operation, the Aurora Internship Program has contributed to capacity building for Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations by placing over 2,000 talented and passionate interns. An agreement has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Program through to the end of February 2019. 

  • For students and graduates

    Internships are offered to students and graduates with a background in law, anthropology and some social sciences. Academically strong and with a keen interest in native title, land rights, social justice, policy development, all with an Indigenous focus, interns offer under-resourced Host organisations assistance and support.

  • For Host organisations

    Since the inception of the Aurora Internship Program, 15 NTRBs (formerly 17), 10 PBCs and over 120 other Aurora Host organisations Australia-wide who work in the broader Indigenous sector, have hosted Aurora interns, namely: (Click on the following links to see a full list of host organisations)

  • Alumni

    As an Aurora alum, you will continue to be supported and informed by the Aurora Placements team on alumni news, career opportunities and more …..

  • Outcomes

    Internship Program - making a difference

    • Over 6,000 applications received.
    • 2,315 internships arranged have provided over 435,000 hours of additional capacity to more than 150 organisations working in the native title and broader Indigenous sector.
    • Approx. $16 million of cost savings and productivity gains. 
    • 580 internship alumni (28% of all alumni) are working in the sector in a part-time or full-time capacity
  • Working in the Indigenous sector

    Paid placements

    Part-time, locum (2 to 11 mths) and full-time paid placement opportunities can be available through Aurora, usually as a direct outcome of an unpaid placement. You should check the job network for employment opportunities.

    If you are interested in paid opportunities, we encourage you to apply for an internship first and if you progress to the interview stage, we can mention your interest in an ongoing paid placement, which may eventuate following on from your unpaid internship.