Reflections

Rebecca Nichols

Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2015

During the course of completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Australian Indigenous Studies I heard about the Aurora Internship program. Upon finishing my degree it made sense to use my knowledge and gain practical experience in the Indigenous sector through an Aurora internship.

Dacia Abela

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

Native title and Indigenous affairs has always been something I was interested in as a law/arts student, but a topic that in my opinion is never given enough attention in the units we study at university.

Pragya Beri

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2014

I applied to the Aurora Native Title Internship Program hoping to get placed with an organisation that could provide a medium to link my energy law studies with the native title laws.

Rebecca Nichols

Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2015

During the course of completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Australian Indigenous Studies I heard about the Aurora Internship program. Upon finishing my degree it made sense to use my knowledge and gain practical experience in the Indigenous sector through an Aurora internship. 

Antonia Randles

Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2015

As a non-Indigenous person passionate about the challenges faced by Australia's first peoples, I often struggle to know where I fit in the Indigenous landscape.

Molly Lynch

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2012

Having studied Aboriginal issues and affairs from both a historical, legal and social perspective at University I naively thought I knew what to expect when embarking upon a 6-week internship with the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin as part of The Aurora Native Tit

Rosetta Lee

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2016

I did my Aurora placement at the Darwin office of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as part of the Aurora Internship Program. NAAJA has separate sections which undertake criminal work, civil work and community education respectively.

Arielle Rutman

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Community Legal Centres
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Winter 2016

I decided to apply for the Aurora Internship Program as a fourth year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student. I aspire to use my education to work towards a legal system that reflects the equal worth of all people, especially the Traditional Owners of Australia.

Natalie Dalpadado

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2017

I was fortunate enough to complete an Aurora internship at the Aboriginal Legal Services (NSW/ACT) (ALS) Head Office this winter. The ALS is a community based organisation that acts for, and provides legal advice to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children.

Bridget Cama

Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2018

During the winter of 2018, I completed a 4 week Aurora internship in the legal branch at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin, Northern Territory. I was fortunate to be funded by Gilbert and Tobin during my internship.

 

Brittany Bro

Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2019

The Aurora Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to network and gain legitimate hands-on experience within the Indigenous sector in a way that could not easily be achieved independently.

Alexis Hall

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2012

During the winter holiday period in 2012, I was fortunate enough to participate in a legal internship organised by the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, which is designed to introduce legal, anthropology and some social science (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, huma

Cassandra Musulin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2015

During the 2015 Winter break I decided to make the most of my spare time and spend it doing something constructive. This meant applying for a five-week legal internship through the Aurora Internship Program.

Tim Olliver

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2014

During the summer 13/14 round of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I completed two internships in both Perth and Melbourne.

Jasmine Scibilia

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2009

Spending five weeks at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in Perth WA
proved to be an invaluable opportunity and memorable experience. The strength of
the Aurora internship program is the introduction it provides into the workings of

Anna Edgar

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

I spent five weeks of my summer interning at a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) in Perth, Western Australia, over 3000 km away from my home in Hobart via the Aurora Internship Program.

Juliette Mundy

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2015

In July 2015, I completed my second anthropology internship through the Aurora Internship Program.  As an Aurora almuna (winter 2011), who has been working in Aboriginal health and community development for the past few years, I requested that I be placed with an NTRB in order to learn more about

Lena Mackey

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2015

I was fortunate enough to be placed at the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) office in Geraldton, which is really a one-of-a-kind workplace.

Lena Mackey

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Geraldton
Round: 
Winter 2015

I was fortunate enough to be placed at the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) office in Geraldton, which is really a one-of-a-kind workplace.

Lisa Accadia

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2011

Almost graduated and need some Direction? Internships are a great place to start!

As I neared the end of my Honours degree in anthropology I was still relatively unsure as to which direction to take next, that was of course until I heard about the Aurora Project from a fellow student.

Marianna Pedersen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

After graduating my master’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnography I was excited to pursue a career within the Indigenous sector.

Michael Lucas

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

The Aurora Internship Program fosters the ideal experience in which students and graduates can work and learn in Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and organisations working in the Indigenous sector.

Satoko Doi

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

In October and November of 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) in Perth.

Celia Winnett

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Geraldton
Round: 
Winter 2008

 Our Nissan Patrol hurtles along the perfectly straight, endless road stretching out due east. On either side, the rough bitumen is lined with ants’ nests – plump, craggy mounds of all different sizes – which rise from the red dirt like twin lines of pointy sandcastles.

Jessica Ginberg

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Geraldton
Round: 
Winter 2015

Over the winter break, I completed a four-week legal internship at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) in Geraldton, Western Australia as part of the Aurora Internship Program. From the first day, I felt so welcomed by all the staff at YMAC.

Katie McGlinn

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2014

At the close of 2013 I was given an amazing opportunity to undertaken a legal internship organised through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, which aims to promote the entering of young lawyers, anthropologists, archaeologists and social scientists into the field of native title and Indi

Liam Hanlon

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2014

During the summer in 2014 I spent six weeks interning for Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) as a legal intern.

Mandy Jin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2011

Challenging assumptions and exceeding expectations: my summer working in a native title representative body

Megan Healy

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

Are you interested in Aboriginal affairs and native title? And have you ever wondered how you could use your legal skills beyond a law firm? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I would strongly recommend applying for the Aurora Internship Program.

Nariman Sahukar

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Karratha
Round: 
Summer 2009

 Macquarie graduate Nariman Sahukar recently undertook an ‘Aurora Project’
internship with Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, a Native Title
Representative Body (NTRB*) in Western Australia.

Sam Hartley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Geraldton
Round: 
Winter 2015

Over the 2015 winter break I was fortunate enough to be given the incredible opportunity of participating in the Aurora Internship Program by undertaking a legal placement at the Geraldton office of the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC).

Sophie Clarke

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

During the summer of 2015 I was given the opportunity to participate in the Aurora Internship Program.

Alison Conant

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2016

The Aurora Internship Program is an amazing opportunity to get real world experience in the indigenous sector, before (or in my case, after) you finish uni!

Meg Green

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2017

In July of 2017, I was given the opportunity to be part of The Aurora  Internship Program. Aurora places a range of students and graduates from different disciplines with Indigenous sector host organisations that may lack staff or funding.

Claire Langenbach-Wood

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2018

Through the Aurora Internship Program I was placed at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), based at their Perth office. I was there for 6 weeks throughout November and December 2017. YMAC is a not for profit Native Title Representative Body.

Stacey Taylor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2010

I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks working at Cairns for the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation as part of an internship through the Aurora project.

Stacey Taylor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2010

I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks working at Cairns for the Cape York Institute for Policy

Tanja Amanovic

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2013

As I near the completion of my Bachelor’s degree with majors in Environmental Management and Development Studies and Culture Change, like most other students I am faced with the dilemma of what career path to choose once I have finished.

Sadiar Foster

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2014

I had the incredible opportunity to be offered an internship via the Aurora Internship Program during the 2014 summer break. 

Sophie Dembski

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

Even now I can’t believe how quickly my Aurora Project internship with the Law and Justice Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) passed. Time flies when you are having fun – and also when you’re busy – two things I happened to be during my internship.

Aman Gaur

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2013

Over November and December 2012, I volunteered as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program in the Civil section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin.

Andrew Roe

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2012

As I was looking in an Indigenous artwork shop in Oenpelli, a remote town in the Northern Territory, one of the lawyers frantically ran in. ‘Andrew, we need to leave, right now!’. ‘Why?’ I asked.

Beth Jones

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2013

The ‘Build Up’, the most humid and hottest period of the year in Darwin, set the scene for what was to become one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Cassandra Martin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

Ten minutes into my Aurora internship at NAAJA (the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency) and I was pacing down the main street in Darwin towards the Supreme Court.

Catherine Schmohl

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

Don’t let the fact that it’s in Australia fool you; I got culture shock when I stepped out of Darwin Airport into a dry 33 degrees, after leaving Canberra in subzero temperatures.

Charlotte Buckton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2011

Justice statistics in the Northern Territory are startling. There is a vast discrepancy between the number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people serving custodial sentences.

Charlotte Carrodus

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

I started out at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in late November as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. I had just finished two weeks of exams and had immediately packed my bags and flown to Darwin.

Dena Paterson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2013

I swapped the cold of a South Australian winter for a four-week Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, in sunny Darwin at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), the largest legal aid service in the Northern Territory.

Dhurka Maheswaran

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2013

When asked during my Aurora interview, what I hoped to get out of the internship, I said “to experience Outback Australia” and “to learn and understand the legal issues that affect indigenous people in remote communities”.

Elizabeth Abbey

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

As part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I was placed at the Darwin branch of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) for the winter 2012 internship round.

Elizabeth Beaumont

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2013

If it is anything like my experience, the Aurora Internship will be a defining moment in your law degree, challenging you to test the limits of your legal knowledge and teaching you what it is really like to work as a lawyer.

Ella Alexander

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

Over the Winter break this year I completed an internship in the civil section of the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Katherine as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. Katherine is a town South of Darwin with a population of around 6, 000 people.

Grace Naug

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

Interning in Darwin during July, escaping the -5 weather of Canberra and entering a balmy 30-degree day average was a definite bonus I hadn’t considered when applying for an Aurora internship with NAAJA, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

Heather Douglas

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

The Aurora Internship Program facilitated my 6-week placement at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin over July and August 2014.

Hilbert Wienekamp

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2010

Working for the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA, www.naaja.org.au ) in Darwin for just over three months has been both a challenge and a privilege. Above all, it was an exciting and rewarding experience.

Holly Kendall

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

Having worked in Policy for a few years I completed a Master of Laws to set my career in a more legal direction.

Jennifer Cohen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

From January to February in 2014, I did an internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). I was placed at the Katherine office in the civil section.

Joseph Hyde

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

I spent six weeks of my summer break in Darwin, interning for the Northern Territory’s largest law firm through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Kumu Samarakoon

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2013

Over the summer of 2013 I spent 6 weeks undertaking an internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program in Katherine, working in the civil law section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

Lauren Ash

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2013

Over the Winter break, I completed an internship in the civil section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Liam Meagher

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2010

The state of Aboriginal affairs is impossible to avoid in the Northern Territory. Whilst throughout most areas of Southern Australia, one can happily ignore such issues, I found out quickly that few people in the Territory can or do.

Lindsay Collins

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2012

Over the recent summer break I spent 5 weeks undertaking a legal internship through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program and was placed in the criminal section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (or NAAJA).

Magda Hughes

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

In winter 2014, I undertook an Aurora Internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). NAAJA is the Aboriginal legal aid service for the top end of the Northern Territory.

Marcus Dyason

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

An Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program is by far one of the most rewarding experiences you will have during the course of your studies.

Mercedes Hoad-Moussa

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2013

Interning in the Top End

For six weeks this summer I was lucky enough to intern at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin. It was an unforgettable experience organised by the Aurora Project through their Native Title Internship Program.

Phillipa Daniel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2015

This summer I spent six weeks in Darwin undertaking an Aurora internship at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). I can honestly say it’s the best thing that I’ve done since coming to law school.

Sophie Dembski

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

Even now I can’t believe how quickly my Aurora Project internship with the Law and Justice Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) passed. Time flies when you are having fun – and also when you’re busy – two things I happened to be during my internship.

Stephanie Colquhoun

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

I was fortunate enough to spend five weeks over July and August volunteering at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Zoe Kent

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

5 weeks in K-Town: Aurora Native Title Internship Program

Tim Farhall

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2011

‘Why would you work for the defence?’ the prosecutor demands to know across the bar table. ‘Representing drunks, rapists and wife beaters. Come work for the prosecution, we’re the good guys.’ He’s about my age, he’s smug, and he’s trying to put our client in jail. He smirks.

Alastar McMahon

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2016

For my Aurora Internship, I was placed for 5 weeks at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin. Before I arrived, I had never been to Darwin and knew very little about the work that NAAJA carried out.

Alastar McMahon

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2016

For my Aurora Internship, I was placed for 5 weeks at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin. Before I arrived, I had never been to Darwin and knew very little about the work that NAAJA carried out.

Alison Pooley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2016

On the final day of my Aurora internship at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), I was asked what the three highlights of my time in Darwin had been.

Fabian Di Lizia

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Katherine
Round: 
Winter 2016

I completed an Aurora internship via the Aurora Internship Program with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).  NAAJA has two offices: one in Katherine and one in Darwin, the former in which I did my internship.  The internship lasted five weeks and I believe that it was one of m

Jimmy Huang

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

My November and December was spent in Darwin interning with the Civil Law section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Sienna Lake

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

Undertaking an Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program was a long-term goal of mine since starting at university.

Jason Moore

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

This summer I completed six weeks as an intern at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) through the Aurora Internship Program. The internship gave me the opportunity to gain experience in legal practice with a focus on social justice for Indigenous peoples.

Shannon O'Hara-Smith

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

I spent six weeks as an Aurora intern in the Law and Justice section of NAAJA in Darwin in the summer of 2016/2017. I had the pleasure of also doing various tasks for the criminal and the civil law NAAJA teams and so my time there was varied.

Mahnoor Sikander

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

My internship via the Aurora Internship Program at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) has been one of the most interesting and challenging learning experience I have undertaken in my short-lived legal career!

Timothy Bate

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

My summer placement at NAAJA in 2016 was my second Aurora internship of the year, via the Aurora Internship Program.

Katie Davern

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2017

My five weeks at NAAJA were filled with some of the most interesting and hands-on legal work I have done thus far in my, admittedly baby, legal career.

Kassie McAlear

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2018

I am originally from Darwin, so I already planned on going back for the summer break. I thought that these holidays would be the perfect opportunity to gain some work experience as I had just finished my first year of postgraduate law.

Frank Connolly

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Katherine
Round: 
Summer 2018

I was approaching the end of my university degree and felt the need to get out of my comfort zone and do something a bit different. Consequently, I decided I would submit an application to complete a six-week legal internship through the Aurora Internship Program.

Samantha Little

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Katherine
Round: 
Winter 2018

As the bus skidded to a halt in the middle of a town that seemed to emerge from nowhere, the first thing I noticed was that it was still warm, even at nine o’clock in June.

Abby Mankelow

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2018

As part of the Aurora Internship Program, I was given the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with NAAJA in the Law and Justice Projects division, working with the Law and Justice Projects manager, Community Legal Education (CLE) team, Restorative Justice officer, and the Peer Panel coordinator.

Danita Moshinsky

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2019

In mid November I arrived at the NAAJA offices on Smith Street, Darwin as part of the Aurora Internship Program. I was taken up to the criminal law floor, quickly learning that the different teams of NAAJA were organizationally and physically separated. My supervisor raced me around the office.

Monique Munro

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Katherine
Round: 
Summer 2019

I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of The Aurora Project Internship for the Summer 2018/19 round, and to be placed with the Criminal Team at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Katherine.

Asha Keaney

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2019

The time I spent at NAAJA in Darwin was a truly exceptional experience. Spending six weeks in the Law and Justice team was both educative and personally inspiring.

Joshua Zammit

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Katherine
Round: 
Summer 2020

If you had told me at the beginning of my law degree that I would travel to a remote town in the middle of Northern Territory to complete an internship I would have probably laughed.

Emma Szczotko

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2015

The Aurora Project runs a nationwide Internship Program for law, anthropology and some social sciences students and graduates interested in working in native title, land rights, policy development and advocacy, all with an Indigenous focus.

Heather Anderson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2010

During the summer 2009‐2010 break, I was fortunate to participate in a legal internship at the Cape York Land Council (CYLC). This internship, one of many around the country, was organised by the Aurora Project.

Jacqui Hilton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2010

For 6 weeks across February and March 2010 I had the pleasure of undertaking a native title anthropology internship with the Cape York Land Council (CYLC) through the Aurora Internship Program. This was an invaluable experience for me which I enjoyed immensely and learnt a lot.

Hannah Anderson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2016

My experience as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program was above and beyond what I had expected.

Brodie Williamson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2013

It has been a privilege to spend the last five weeks with the friendly people at the Cape York Land Council. The purported challenges of NTRBs, highlighted to me in my Aurora Internship preparatory materials, thankfully never came to be.

Alena Stirton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2016

I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks on placement via the Aurora Internship Program at Cape York Land Council (CYLC) in sunny Cairns.

Mikaela French

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2017

Throughout my Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree, I had an interest in learning about native title law and the legal process and tests Traditional Owners must satisfy to have their native title rights recognised by the courts.

Anannya Mazumder

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2018

I first learned about the Aurora Internship Program when I was completing a unit in Contemporary Law and Justice. I worked towards fulfilling their criteria for applications, and finally in my second year of study, I applied for the 2018 winter round .

Sarah Giggins

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2018

During the 2018/2019 summer period, I had the pleasure of completing a five-week legal internship at the Cape York Land Council (CYLC) in Cairns.

Melanie Dulfer-Hyams

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2013

One of the first things that I noticed as I began my Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program with the CLCAC’s Land and Sea Unit, was how achieving a native title claim was not only seen as the final conquest of a legal battle, but how it was also used as a tool to acknowl

Robyn Bowden

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2014

I have been lucky to spend 5 weeks during January and February working with the Land and Sea Management team at Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Aimee Kepa

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2008

As a student of both Anthropology and Law, the Native Title system had always
interested me in its apparent application and interaction of these seemingly distinct
disciplines. Unfortunately, my actual knowledge of Native Title extended to nothing

Courtney Boag

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2017

After having recently graduated from my BA in anthropology and archaeology I decided to apply for my third internship through the Aurora Internship Program and was privileged enough to be successful.

Brent Renner-Hahn

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

While most of my law chums were completing clerkships and legal work experience during university breaks, I found this time to be the alibi needed to jump on a plane for some indulgent globetrotting. I hadn’t travelled everywhere, but it was on my list.

Marina Kolb

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2014

As a political scientist working on human rights in Europe, I am naturally interested in the area of Indigenous affairs and native title in Australia. For me, the question of how to deal with its Indigenous population is Australia’s most nagging social problem.

Clare Brereton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

The Aurora Internship Program places a large number of enthusiastic anthropology, social science and legal interns in Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and many other organisations pertaining to Indigenous affairs more broadly.

Kayleigh Meumann

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2014

One of the most inviting reasons to study an Arts degree is the extensive range of possible career options. For this to be a fruitful journey, however, a healthy dose of self-motivation and real world experience is needed.

Mathilde Lillethorup

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2013

During the fifth semester (year 3) of a degree in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, you are meant to go abroad. You can stay in Denmark and study or do work experience, but let’s be honest – most of us couldn’t wait to leave!

Brent Renner-Hahn

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

While most of my law chums were completing clerkships and legal work experience during university breaks, I found this time to be the alibi needed to jump on a plane for some indulgent globetrotting. I hadn’t travelled everywhere, but it was on my list.

Catherine McShane

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2015

Want to get some hands-on legal experience? Potentially interested in native title or Aboriginal affairs? Then read on for my experiences as an Aurora intern and see if you’d like to apply for the next intake. 

Jasmine Morris

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

My interest in native title has been longstanding. I remember being intrigued when I learnt in High School Social Studies class that only since 1993 has Australian law formally recognised Indigenous peoples as being owners and custodians of the land.

Katelin Taylor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

I was in my third year of a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts degree when I began my five week Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program at the Central Desert Native Title Service. When recalling my first days as an intern it is clear to me that I was, above all, young.

Laura McIlhenny

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2013

When I began my Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law degree, five years felt like a very long time. This year I suddenly found myself in the final year of my degree, with a whole lot of subjects under my belt but no practical legal experience.

Sarah Rice

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2013

I have recently undertaken a six week internship at Central Desert Native Title Services, where I was placed through The Aurora Native Title Internship Program. I would highly recommend this program to any law students and graduates, as I found it an enriching and enjoyable experience.

Shane Carpenter

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2011

I like to think of myself as a worldly kind of guy. I've lounged in Parisian cafes, eaten too much in Rome, deciphered the Japanese train network, and even survived the worst a Canadian winter could dish up.

Clare Duncanson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2017

When I applied to the Aurora Internship Program I did not know what acceptance would entail, or even if I would enjoy the experience- I just knew that it was something I desperately wanted to try. I had a newly found passion for social justice and human rights.

Tessa Mayberry

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2017

The phrase ‘penultimate year’ seems to appear everywhere, for law students feeling the pressure to gain experience before graduating. Despite somehow being in my seventh year at uni (a terrifying realisation!), it felt like I’d blinked and was at the pointy, decision-making end of my studies.

Darcy Harwood

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2017

The Aurora Internship Program was an incredible opportunity which cemented my passion for social justice and opened my eyes to a potential career in Indigenous Law. For five weeks over the winter holidays I interned at Central Desert Native Title Services in Perth.

Christina Liu

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2017

There are some times that life seems like a preconceived puzzle and the pieces obligingly fall into place without much guidance. My experience with Aurora has been almost postcard perfect, and I cannot believe my luck and good timing while on placement.

 

Gina Lee

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2018

I decided to study law because I was interested in doing something useful. During my studies, I saw avenues to social justice through international human rights law, community legal centres and refugee law.

Sara Cavalvanti Marques

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2018

It took me six years to get through my bachelor degree in Ecology, meandering through just about all departments and labs available at the University campus and delayed even further by exchange programs overseas.

Sarah Lea

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2018

Central Desert Native Title Services:  Not Your Average Legal Service

It was a privilege to have been given an Aurora legal placement at Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) in East Perth.  I spent four weeks at CDNTS in July 2018.  It was an excellent time. 

Montague Cole

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2019

Five weeks interning at Central Desert Native Title Services (Central Desert) provided a great insight into both the operation of native title law and the continuity of law and culture of Western Desert people.

Taylor Watson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2019

I first learnt of the Aurora Internship Program through a university careers handbook for law students – which published an article about working in native title law.

Louise Nisbet

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Winter 2011

I embarked upon my internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program with the Central Land Council (CLC) in Alice Springs in the middle of the final year of my Arts degree, enjoying majoring in anthropology, but not entirely sure what to do with it once done and dusted.

Margot Eliason

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Summer 2015

Over March and April 2015, I completed a five week Aurora internship at the Central Land Council (CLC) in Alice Springs. Getting off the plane down the portable stairs and onto the tarmac felt like stepping onto a BBQ hotplate. “45 degrees in town today” had said the pilot on our way down.

Phoebe McGory

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Summer 2014

Are you interested in working in Native Title? Are you looking for an alternative to summer clerkships?

Michael Lucas

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Summer 2014

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program fosters the ideal experience in which students and graduates can work and learn in Indigenous Organisations and Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs).

Deborah Hoger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Summer 2011

After completing a Bachelor of Arts and Science mid 2010 and beginning an Honours degree in Anthropology later in the year, I realised that I was still at somewhat of a loss as to the practical career pathways available to budding anthropologists.

Subeta Vimalarajah

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Winter 2017

Most law students have a basic understanding of native title, but few – including myself, prior to my Aurora internship at Central Land Council – have any knowledge of the land rights regime in the Northern Territory.

Anna Carlander-Munro

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2014

It comes as no surprise that some of the most valuable lessons I have learnt during my nearly five years of studying law did not come from text books, but from the inspiring people I have met and skills I have picked up from practical experiences.

Katherine Werren

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2011

In the July holidays I spent five weeks doing an Aurora Native Title internship at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC,) based in its Perth office.

Lauren Kenney

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2012

During the summer holiday period I was fortunate to be selected to be a part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program and spend five weeks as a legal intern at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) Perth office.

Carla Chan Unger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Kalgoorlie
Round: 
Summer 2008

The Native Title Internship Program provides law and anthropology latter-year students and recent graduates with insight into the workings of an Aboriginal land council.

Gemma Irving

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Kalgoorlie
Round: 
Summer 2009

When I was accepted to undertake an Aurora internship in Anthropology at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council in Kalgoorlie, WA, I was told to have low expectations. Land councils are hectic places, funding is tight and staff are overworked.

Helene Titeux

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2015

As part of the Aurora Internship Program, I worked at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for six fascinating weeks during my winter holiday.

Olivia Lim

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2011

Since the historic Mabo decision in 1992 paved the way for the making of land claims by Indigenous people in Australia, native title law has been an important and dynamic part of Australian law.

Anna-Lisa De Chiera

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2012

The Aurora Project aims to build capacity in Australian Indigenous organisations and communities by providing training, professional development, internships, placements, scholarships and other services to support staff working at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and at more than 60 oth

Georgie Buck

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Indigenous corporations
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2016

This winter break I had the amazing opportunity to join the Ngadju Prescribed Body Corporation at Goldfields Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation (GLSC) in Perth. I heard of the Aurora Internship Program through a friend who told me I should apply, and to my surprise, I got in!

Alicia Hancock

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2016

Through my winter break I was given the opportunity to work at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for 5 weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Lawson Rennie

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Kalgoorlie
Round: 
Summer 2017

I was placed at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for five weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program summer 2016/17 round.

Leah Lillingston

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2017

Prior to my time at GLSC I was unaware of how native title operates once a determination has been made by the court.  I was surprised to discover that native title does not operate in its own bubble as one area of law.  During my two weeks at GLSC I was also exposed to corporate law and contract

Alexandra Whitby

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2009

The aim of the Aurora Project is to promote the professional development of those who seek career opportunities within the field of Native Title. This developmental goal is achieved through the various schemes offered by the Aurora Project across many disciplines.

Charlotte Inglis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2014

In December 2013 I undertook a four week internship with the Kimberley Land Council in Broome as part of the Aurora Project’s nationwide Native Title Internship Program. The experience was fantastic, providing an insight into regional legal work and alternative pathways into legal practice.

Gemma Acland

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2013

I undertook an Aurora Internship (Legal) in the 2013 Winter Intake. I was placed with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC), a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) in Broome, Western Australia.

India Mason-Cox

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2013

My name is India Mason-Cox and I am a fifth year Arts-Law student at UTAS in Hobart, Tasmania. I have recently finished a six-week Aurora Internship on placement at the Kimberley Land Council (‘KLC’) in Broome, WA.

Liam Grigg

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2014

Over January and February 2014, I completed a six-week Aurora placement with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) in Broome. The KLC is the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) for the Kimberley region, but it has a long history of advocacy that predates the recognition of native title.

Louise Almeida

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2015

I undertook a 5-week native title focused Aurora internship at the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) via the Aurora Internship Program in February 2015. I’m an Arts/ Law student entering my fourth year of study and have spent a year working in a litigation law firm.

Marina White

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2015

As my plane floated down through the sunset over the place where the velvet Indian Ocean meets the pindan-flecked sands of Cable Beach, I had a feeling I was entering a very special part of this world.

Shanti Fatchen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2013

Prior to applying for an Aurora internship via the Aurora  Native Title Internship Program,  my exposure to native title law was limited to spending five minutes in a Property law class on the Mabo case.

Sione Murray

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2015

 I completed a five-week Aurora Internship at the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) shortly after graduating with a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) from the University of Western Australia. 

Erin Newell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2015

Knowing that my academic record leaves something to be desired, I submitted my application for Aurora's Internship Program minutes before the deadline with no more optimism than that captured in the motto that "you've gotta be in it to win it".

Katherine Bellchambers

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2012

For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion to learn about and engage with Indigenous cultures. Through my Aurora internship I have been able to build on this passion, gain valuable work experience and meet many inspiring people.

Renata Centinich

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2013

In preparation for my interview for the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I was forwarded the link to a document titled “A Report into the Professional Development needs of Native Title Representative Body Lawyers”.

Camille Tanner

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2012

Students of Law, Anthropology and some Social Sciences (namely Archaeology, Cultureal Heritage, Environmental Management, Human Geography, History and Scociology) who might be considering entering an internship program would do well to apply through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

David Reger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2016

This past winter semester break, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the Aurora Internship Program’s 2016 winter round of internships.

Caroline Beasley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2016

After graduating from Arts/Law at ANU in mid-2016, I swapped the icy Canberra winter for the tropical climate of Broome when I completed an Aurora Internship at the Kimberley Land Council (KLC).

Timothy Hampson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2017

I was wondering how hot it was going to be when I disembarked from the plane at Broome. I soon worked that out when I put my hand on the window pane and felt the heat trying to penetrate the glass. When I stepped off the plane it was the hottest I had ever experienced.

Georgia McGrath

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2017

When I first stepped out onto the Broome tarmac, I was totally overwhelmed not only by the heat but also by the terrifying feeling of being very far from home and completely out of my comfort zone.

Bethany Moore

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2017

As I flew over the floodplains of the Kimberley region in a five-person plane which was the size of my linen cupboard, I knew I was in the midst of a formative and unique experience.

Chloe Thomas

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2018

I was incredibly lucky to have been hosted by the KLC for a five-week internship via the Aurora Internship Program.

Jessica Moody

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2018

I was very fortunate to have been placed via the Aurora Internship Program with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) in Broome working alongside their legal practitioners in native title. The experience as a whole was an incredible one.

Mia Cooke-Joshi

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2019

 

My internship with the Kimberley Land Council exceeded all my expectations, and I am so grateful to the Aurora Internship Program for the experience.

 

Alice Rickard

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

For anyone interested in native title or Indigenous affairs more generally, the Aurora Internship Program is a very worthwhile program to consider undertaking while you are studying.

Anna Ross

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

The Aurora internship was an amazing experience. I knew little about native title before going into the internship and have finished with an understanding of corporate social responsibility, native title, Future Acts, heritage planning and all the politics involved with Aboriginal Corporations.

Christopher Orchard

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2015

My time at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) was both enlightening and challenging. I was placed at the NTSV offices in North Melbourne as a research intern. The staff were very nice and I was made to feel at home immediately.

Jessica Roberts

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2013

The Aurora Native Title Internship is definitely something to consider doing whilst undertaking your studies. An Aurora Internship offers either a winter or summer based internship for five to six weeks, which is a full time unpaid commitment.

Meghan Cropley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2013

In June and July 2013, as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I undertook a six week Aurora legal internship as a graduate with Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) in Melbourne.  NTSV is a not-for-profit organisation that is responsible for providing research and legal services

Nyssa Meyer

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2014

For six weeks during early 2014, I had the opportunity to undertake an Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, at Native Title Services Victoria (“NTSV”). NTSV is the legal service that represents Victorian native title claimants.

Rani Donohue

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

For 5 weeks at the start of this year, I was fortunate enough to undertake an Aurora legal internship at the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB), Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV).

Roberta Foster

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2012

For my Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I was placed with Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) from late August until late October 2012.

Ryan Barritt

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2015

The extent of my knowledge on Indigenous land rights and legal services has expanded greatly since undertaking to intern in late May until early July 2015 at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Bethany King

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2009

Cultural anthropology appealed to me because of its earnest aims and problematic past, its attempts to address the humbling question of how it is that we, as humans (a species like any other) came to develop the elaborate and diverse cultural artefacts which are the cause of such pride and fricti

Michelle O'Toole

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2013

I recently undertook an internship at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV), facilitated by the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.  Due to personal circumstances the duration of my placement was necessarily short, and certainly shorter than I would've preferred, however my experience was a p

Sarah Smith

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2014

At the completion of my university degree I was fortunate enough to be accepted by the Aurora Native Title Internship Program as an anthropology intern for the 2013/14 summer round. I was lucky to receive a place at my first preference, Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV).

Alistair Graham

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

From January to April in 2015 I completed two Aurora placements, one in Melbourne and one in Alice Springs, as part of the Aurora Internship program summer 2014/15 round.

Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV)

Cassandra Kohle

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2015

For four weeks over the summer holidays, I moved several hours out of Melbourne to do an internship with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) in Horsham, as part of the Aurora Project’s Internship Program.

Henry Storey

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2017

To complement my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I thought that it would useful to gain some  work experience. I have always been interested in Indigenous affairs, so the Aurora Internship Program was an obvious choice for me.

Ruby Cray

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2016

The research I was involved in during my 5 week internship in the policy department with Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) who provide secretariat support to the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations (FVTOC) gave me a greater understanding of issues more specifically within a

Amelia Sumner

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2017

Upon graduating at the University of Queensland in 2015, with a double major in Anthropology and Religion, one of my colleagues encouraged me to apply for an internship with the Aurora Internship Program.

Elsie Francis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2017

During the 2017 mid-year break, I was fortunate enough to have been selected to undertake a legal internship at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) for five weeks as part of my involvement in the Aurora Internship Program.

Nina Kojovic

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2017

In preparation for my mid-year graduation from Bachelor of Arts Honours in Anthropology, I applied for the winter 2017 round of the Aurora Internship Program.

Connor Dalgety

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in two separate Aurora internships as part of the Aurora Internship Program. My first internship was at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) and the second one was at the Myuma Group.

Themis Scanlon

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2017

While completing my Law and International Development degrees I always wanted to do an Aurora internship and it was once I graduated that I found the time. I did my internship with Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV).

Bridget Lorenz

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2018

After completing a legal unit on comparative Indigenous rights early in 2017, I was eager to learn more about how the law regarding native title functioned in Victoria. The Aurora internship gave me the perfect opportunity to follow this interest.

Freya Collins Hallahan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2018

During the penultimate semester of my Bachelor of Arts I applied for an Aurora Internship. Throughout my degree I had majored in Gender Studies and Australian Indigenous Studies. Therefore, I had always been interested in the possibility of working in the Native Title sector.

Shenpaha Ganesan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2020

Over the summer of 2019, I was fortunate enough to undertake a four-week Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program at First Nations Legal and Research Service (FNLRS) in Melbourne.

Abbey Hoolahan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Summer 2020

Whether you’re completing your first or last year of University; an internship with the Aurora Internship Program is something that you will truly be most thankful for.

Cameron Winnett

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2012

I am a final year Arts/Law student. I interned at the North Queensland Land Council in Cairns. This is my story. What I enjoyed most about the legal work at NQLC was that it invariably bled into the organisation's other roles as law reform advocates, community liaisons, anthropologists and more.

Isabel Leeds

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Townsville
Round: 
Summer 2014

I graduated from QUT at the end of 2012, and was finishing up my PLT studies during 2012 when I initially heard about the Aurora Native Title Internship Program from a friend.

Graeme Cotter

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2016

In June-July of 2016 I undertook a 5 week Aurora internship with the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) here in Cairns, in the final year of my anthropology major.

Kristen Parkes

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Townsville
Round: 
Summer 2017

As a 3rd year Anthropology and Sociology student, I could not pass up the opportunity to learn more about the relationships between the Federal and State governments and the ongoing battle for recognition and protection of the cultural heritage of Indigenous Australians.

Philip Matthews

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2018

During the summer before my final year of law school, I had the great fortune of undertaking an Aurora internship with the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC), a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB).

Janik Freese

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Winter 2018

I found out about the Aurora Internship Program while searching for internships that would fall in line with my studies and interest me on a personal level.  At the time, I was finishing my second year of cultural studies in Bremen, Germany and knew I was heading to Australia for my semester brea

Tyler O'Brien

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2018

I was made aware of the Aurora Internship program through my University newsletter. As a young Aboriginal man I had felt, for some time, the desire to spend more time with Aboriginal communities and get a greater understanding of the needs and challenges different communities face.

Abigail Hutchison

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2012

During the winter break I undertook a five-week internship at the South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Chanel Martin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2015

I completed an 8 week internship with the South Australian Native Title Service (SANTS) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Tanya Shankar

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2013

I undertook my six week legal placement as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program with the South Australian Native Services [SANTS] during the summer 2012/13 round.

Timisha Ward

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2015

In my penultimate year of study, I applied to undertake a native title focussed internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Ben Christensen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2012

My experience as an Aurora intern with South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) was a very positive one. Firstly, I was placed at a great organisation and assigned to a great supervisor, who was a wealth of knowledge about native title and the various facets.

Jake Cooper

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2013

During February and March of 2013, I was involved in a six-week Aurora placement at South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS).

Jaye Litherland-De Lara

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2015

This summer I had the opportunity to gain insight into both native title anthropology and native title capacity development as an Aurora intern at South Australia Native Title Services Ltd (SANTS), experiencing and observing the everyday workings of a Native Title Service Provider (NTSP) on both

Nina Ivanov

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2011

I applied for a Legal Internship with the Aurora Native Title Internship Program soon after completing my legal studies. I’d heard about the internship program whilst I was still studying, but had never seriously considered applying.

Oliver Greeves

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2013

For four weeks during the winter break, I undertook an Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program at South Australian Native Title Services Ltd (SANTS).

Matilda Hurst

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2016

Just after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Society from Flinders University I was a graduate in limbo.

Irina Samsonova

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2017

Are you an anthropology student who is fascinated by Aboriginal culture, past and present? Do you want to get “baptised” by the real-life working experience outside the lecture hall? Then you will choose SANTS as an internship opportunity via the Aurora Internship Program.

Tayla Inglis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2017

If you have a passion for Indigenous culture and a desire to work in native title law then I would highly recommend applying to the Aurora Internship Program.

Julia Grigonis-Gore

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2017

Undertaking an Aurora Internship Program placement with South Australia Native Title Services (SANTS) has definitely been one of the highlights of my tertiary studies.

Seenying Lau

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2018

When I applied for the Aurora Internship Program, I had already completed my undergraduate degree and I was awaiting an admission into the Honours program in anthropology. I was at a point in my career where it was necessary to ascertain some guiding principles moving forward.

Emmylyn Baru

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Winter 2018

I returned to Australia in 2018 for my final year in law after spending a month interning at a firm in Malaysia that specialised in native title. I really enjoyed my experience there, and was looking for more opportunities in that field that I could get into.

Jelena Fabri

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2018

 

Are you a budding anthropologist that would like some hands-on work in this fascinating field? Or a curious archaeologist that wants to expand and further your knowledge? Do you have a great interest in the many cultures of the Indigenous people of Australia?

Connor Deegan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2020

After completing my studies in History in late 2019 I spent 6 weeks interning as part of the Aurora Internship Program at South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS). I was placed in the Anthropology team, and the internship was a fantastic experience.

Cherylyn Wong

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Winter 2013

The Aurora Project provides an amazing opportunity to get involved in native title work but also more broadly in Indigenous affairs and social justice.

Alice Watson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2014

After reading the book ‘The Indomitable Miss Pink’ in preparation for my internship at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, I knew that I was in for an interesting experience!

Alice Gambrill

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2013

For six weeks over the summer holidays of 2012/13 I had the opportunity to be placed as an intern at Queensland South Native Title Service in Brisbane city as part of an Aurora Native Title  Internship Program.  Queensland South Native Title Service (QSNTS) is a Native Title Representative Body (

Amy Humphries

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2009

The Aurora Project provides opportunities for internships for students of Anthropology, Law and the Social Sciences with an interest in Native Title. The internship program is primarily designed to provide support to Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRB).

Anthony Knobel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2014

For anthropology students interested in working in the field of native title in Australia, an Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program is essential.

Kelly Austin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2016

I did a 6 week Anthropology internship with QSNTS in Brisbane as part of the Aurora Internship Program.  Although I have lived most of my life in a community with a large Indigenous population and am broadly acquainted with the post settlement history and issues faced by Indigenous Australians, t

Krystle Fiebig

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Winter 2011

I applied for the Aurora Native Title Internship Program with little knowledge of the range of organisations or the possibilities available in native title to those starting out, but hoping to learn, to discover and to perhaps uncover a career direction.

Michelle Walters

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2013

When I first heard of an Aurora Internship what immediately caught my attention was the name Aurora and I was immediately intrigued by what this name might represent.

Courtney Boag

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Winter 2016

My enthusiasm to apply for another internship through the Aurora Internship Program perhaps came immediately after I completed my first internship with Barengi Gadjin Land Council as I felt I had experienced more and in some ways learnt more about the social, political, physical and emotional env

Rodina Goranitis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2017

I applied for the Aurora Internship Program after hearing about it from a former intern. The opportunity immediately sounded like a great experience.

Mollie O'Connor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2018

I was selected to participate in the Aurora Internship Program during the summer 2017/18 round, and was placed at Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) in Brisbane as a legal intern.

Ramisa Raya

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Winter 2018

 

In the June/July Holidays, I undertook a placement at Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) via the Aurora Internship Program - an organisation devoted to letting students and graduates experience (and work in) organisations with an Indigenous focus.

Isabella Dodd

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Brisbane
Round: 
Summer 2018

I undertook an Aurora Internship at Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) in Brisbane following numerous positive recommendations of the program from fellow university students. My experience was nothing but positive, eye opening and hugely interesting.

Paddy Mohan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

Before undertaking my internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I have worked as a professional electrical engineer for 3 and ½ years in Perth.

Aislinn Martin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2007

Although I finished my anthropology degree seven years ago, when the opportunity arose to apply for the internship program I decided it was something I would like to experience.

Alexandra Pluss

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

The purpose of this report is to explore my experience as a intern placed at the Northern Land Council as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program winter 2012 round. This report will give some valuable feedback about my six weeks work experience in the Northern Land Council (NLC).

Aysia Rodgers

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

After completing a Bachelor of Arts, I happened upon the Aurora Project whilst wondering where my major in anthropology could possibly take me in life.

Emma Wical

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2011

Land councils and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs organisations are employers of anthropologists.

Sandra Boswell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2014

I am a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology & Archaeology) student at James Cook University.  I did a 5 week Aurora Internship at the Northern Land Council, commencing in November 2013, as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. .

Tommaso Piva

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

After graduating with my Bachelor Thesis Degree, having focused on the Mardu, a Western Desert people, I became keen on pursuing and deepening my understanding of Aboriginal culture.  I applied for the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, aiming to improve my understanding of the social and po

Bronte Winn

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2016

Darwin. That sunny, Top-End city, characterised by red dirt, crocodiles and wild national parks. Being a relatively ambitious country girl, I had always dreamed about living in a city with the perfect combination of the city and nature.

Hannah von Farrell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2013

My arrival in Darwin could not have been lovelier; leaving the airport, I was welcomed by a balmy 24 degrees, even at 1.30am. This was an auspicious start to my five-week stay to intern at the Northern Land Council (‘NLC’) and I could not have been more thrilled.

MaryAnne Brady

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2010

Aboriginal land rights and native title law are not considered mainstream areas of law and are therefore often overlooked as potential areas of practice by law students.

Natascha Sommer

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2009

Spending six weeks working in a Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) is enough time to realise just how much work there is to be done and how few hours there are in one day to get through it. The job of a lawyer at the NTRB is very diverse and rewarding.

Carrie Eames

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2016

The South Australian Law Foundation scholarship provided me with the opportunity to accept an interstate internship facilitated by the Aurora Project Internship Program, within the Northern Land Council (NLC) in the Northern Territory.

Lee Campbell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2016

From early August until mid September 2016, I completed an Aurora Internship with the legal team at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin.

Claire Toole

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

Just before the summer wet set in to cut through the humid mass of air sitting upon Darwin, I arrived to spend 5 weeks working with the Legal Branch of the Northern Land Council (NLC) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Lauren Pavli

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2016

I knew a bit about Indigenous land rights before completing an Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Indigenous Program in July 2016.

John Dooley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

In early 2017, I had the privilege of undergoing my second Aurora internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program at the Northern Land Council’s East Arnhem regional office in Nhulunbuy.

Cristabel Gekas

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2017

During the winter break of 2017, I completed a four week internship with the Northern Land Council (NLC) through the Aurora Internship Program. By way of background, the NLC is a statutory body that represents and consults with the Traditional Owners of Aboriginal land.

Jessica Black

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2018

The one expectation I had of my experience as an Aurora intern was to begin to resolve the question that had been raised over my first four years at University regarding the value and legitimacy of Anthropology in relation to Indigenous affairs.

Elisa Bolzonello

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2018

During the summer of 2018, I spent 5 weeks working as an intern in the legal branch at the Northern Land Council (NLC).

Grace Hensel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2018

During the 2017/18 summer break I undertook a 5-week Aurora Internship placement at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin. The NLC is responsible for assisting Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the Northern Territory to acquire and manage their traditional lands and seas.

Monica Thompson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2018

The Aurora Internship Program places students and graduates in law, anthropology, and social sciences in internships with organisations that have a focus on the Indigenous sector and native title. I was lucky enough to be placed with the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin.

Imogen Cox

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2020

The most beneficial aspect of undertaking an Aurora internship with the Northern Land Council (NLC) was that I was given practical work in a supportive environment.

Kim Borg

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2015

Is your degree enough? The answer is ‘No’. Everybody has a degree these days. Good grades might get you an interview, but they won’t get you the job. What else can you offer to stand out from the crowd?

Meagan Bertolatti

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2013

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program is a fantastic opportunity for law students (and graduates) interested in working the areas of Native Title, policy development, social justice and Indigenous affairs.

Andrew Whalley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2014

The Aurora Internship Program connects students and recent graduates in anthropology, law, or the social sciences more generally with various bodies that work in the field of native title as well as other organisations that deal generally with Indigenous affairs.

Anupam Sharma

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2011

Last summer break was indeed a very enlightening break where I undertook a social science Aurora internship assisting the research unit at NTSCORP in Sydney. I always had a passion for land and an active interest to be involved in research work related to land affairs and Indigenous communities.

Clancy Goslett-King

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2010

Ever thought about doing an internship? Ever wanted the chance to do some work that would really contribute to a major social justice issue? Then maybe it’s time you checked out the Aurora Program.

Timothy Maybery

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2013

The Aurora Project is an initiative supported by a host of government, private, educational and philanthropic organisations that was originally established to offer much needed support to the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) sector on a national level.

James Loneragen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2012

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program provides a fantastic and unique opportunity for students and graduates in anthropology, some social sciences and law to gain insight and experience in Aboriginal native title, policy development, social justice, human rights and Indigenous affairs.

Rosi Aryal

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2010

The Aurora Internship Program is a rare and rewarding opportunity for students and graduates to understand history and anthropology as they are practised in the native title system.

David Hofierka

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2015

I arrived at NTSCORP as an Aurora intern at an exciting time, as it was during this time that 2 historic native title claims were being finalised. The first was a native title claim that had been over 10 years in the making for the Barkandji people at Broken Hill.

Emily Lau

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2012

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete an Aurora Native Title internship during 18 January 2012 – 24 February 2012. Whilst I was based in the Native Title Services (NTSCORP) head office at Redfern, I was doing work for the National Native Title Council (NNTC) and NTSCORP.

Emma Stewart

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2014

Aurora was established in 2006 to address the professional development needs of lawyers at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs). Aurora is focussed on increasing recruitment and retention of staff working at NTRBs.

Gabi Cohen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2014

I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the Aurora Native Title Internship Program this July. The Aurora Project was established in response to the report on the professional development needs of the lawyers working for Native Title Representatives Bodies (NTRBs).

James Vandermeide

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2016

The Aurora Project was established in 2006 following Richard Potok’s ‘Report into the Professional Development Needs of NTRB Lawyers’ in April 2005 which identified the recruitment and retention of in-house lawyers as two critical stumbling blocks for Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs).

Laura Tolson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2013

The 10th December 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating’s ‘Redfern speech’ which is still considered one of the most important addresses in Australia’s history.

Mallory Wankel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2013

As part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, I arrived for my Aurora winter internship at the NTSCORP office in Redfern – the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) for New South Wales and the ACT – with little idea of what to expect, having had no experience in native title and only a

Patrick Stewart

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2014

I have always had an interest in environmental, planning, native title and resource law that has extended beyond just the pure academics and into some of the social aspects and outcomes that these laws create.

Stefanie Schillkowsky

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2015

It was an overwhelmingly positive experience undertaking an Aurora internship at NTSCORP as part of the Aurora Internship Program. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the work has been educational and inspiring, to say the least.

Stephanie Batsakis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2012

I arrived in Sydney excited to be spending the next six weeks working at Native Title Services Corporation (NTSCORP) as part of The Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Tess Klucko

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2015

When I was given the opportunity to complete an internship with Aurora at NTSCORP in Sydney, I didn’t immediately say yes.

Timothy Maybery

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2013

The Aurora Project is an initiative supported by a host of government, private, educational and philanthropic organisations that was originally established to offer much needed support to the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) sector on a national level.

Nick Hay

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2016

Over July, while many of my fellow students at Sydney Law School embarked on the perennial winter exodus to the fairer shores of Europe, I kept jumping on the 8 o’clock train to Redfern.

Sarah Bartrim

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2016

During the winter of 2016, I was fortunate enough to undertake two internships via the Aurora Internship Program. For my first, I was placed with Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT (ALS) and for the second, with NTSCORP.

Mikaylie Page

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2017

With international travel and voluntourism filling the bucket lists of many young Australians, our own (very big) backyard can be the last place many of us look for new and enriching experiences.

Soraya Pradhan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2017

I completed an Aurora internship in the Strategic Development Unit of NTSCORP Limited from Monday 9 January to Friday 10 February 2017. NTSCORP is the Native Title Service Provider for Traditional Owners in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Daniele Wilson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2017

I was placed as an intern via the Aurora Internship Program with the NTSCORP legal team from mid January to late February 2017.

Sharlene Kuruppuarachchi

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2018

I have been passionate about Indigenous issues since I was first exposed to NAIDOC Week when I was in primary school. Over time I have been aware of some of the issues that were impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ajay Sivanathan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2018

I completed an Aurora Native Title Internship in the Strategic Development Unit of NTSCORP Limited (NTSCORP) from Monday 2 July to Friday 27 July 2018.

Emma Lukeij

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2019

Through the Aurora Project, I undertook an internship with NTSCORP’s legal team from late November to late December 2018.

Annie O'Riley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Winter 2015

The 3rd of June 2015 marked the twenty-third anniversary of the historic Mabo decision. By happy coincidence, it was also the day I was selected for a legal internship in the Torres Strait as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Bianca Fernandes

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Winter 2011

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program places students and graduates from anthropology, some social science, and law disciplines at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and other Indigenous organisations, government bodies and corporations all around Australia, working in land rights, s

Chloe Johnco

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Summer 2008

As the wheels on the Dash 8 touched down and the propellers shifted down a gear I realised that I had no idea what I was expecting, what I would be doing or even who I was meeting.

Sophie Dembski

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Summer 2015

As I began writing notes for this final article, I was sitting watching the rain absolutely bucket down on Thursday Island, and I found it hard to reflect on my last six weeks (and nearby Cyclone Nathan was not exactly helping lift my spirits as it dampened my final week).

Zac Fraser

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Winter 2018

The Aurora Project is a program that facilitates internships between tertiary students and Indigenous organisations with an emphasis on native title and social justice for Indigenous peoples.

Vanessa Sporne

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Thursday Island
Round: 
Summer 2020

A lot of my mates were surprised when I told them I was going to spend five weeks in the Torres Strait. Some had never heard of Thursday Island, and those that had couldn’t name another island in the strait.

Cassandra Kohle

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Horsham
Round: 
Summer 2015

For four weeks over the summer holidays, I moved several hours out of Melbourne to do an internship with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) in Horsham, as part of the Aurora Project’s Internship Program.

Courtney Boag

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Horsham
Round: 
Winter 2015

My enlightenment into the colourful world of anthropology began with an article entitled; ‘The Original Affluent Society; The paradox of development’ by Marshall Sahlins and a very coincidental conversation with a peer about the Aurora Internship Program.

Gloria Demillo

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Horsham
Round: 
Winter 2016

There is valuable knowledge in reading and in books, but my time as an Aurora intern with Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) has taught me that certain things can’t be learned at university. 

Angel Bottaro

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Horsham
Round: 
Winter 2017

An Aurora internship is an excellent, pragmatic means to exploring and deepening one’s theoretical knowledge, through applied experience.  It is more than that however.

Amelia Hasson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Winter 2015

The major work that I was involved in throughout my Aurora internship canvassed a considerable range of areas of law. I was exposed to cultural heritage and native title law through research tasks as well as the observation and minute taking in the Native Title Holders and Directors meetings.

Clare Ammenhauser

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Camooweal
Round: 
Winter 2008

The Aurora Project seeks to introduce students to career opportunities in the area of native title and Indigenous affairs and at the same time provides assistance to under-resourced and over-worked staff who work in Australia’s Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs), Native Title Service Prov

Portia Hamilton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Camooweal
Round: 
Summer 2014

The Aurora Project is an organisation which places students and graduates at Native Title Representative Bodies and Aboriginal social enterprises and policy organisations in unpaid full-time 6 week internships.

Connor Dalgety

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Winter 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in two separate Aurora internships as part of the Aurora Internship Program. My first internship was at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) and the second one was at the Myuma Group.

Felicity Coleman

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Summer 2014

Sunburnt dirt, stretching as far as the eye can see. Spiky spinifex, bleached wheat-white by the unrelenting sun. Harsh rocky terraces rising up sporadically over an otherwise flat expanse. And a wall of heat. Inescapable, indescribable. Like a furnace burning.

Isabelle Walsh

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Summer 2014

June this year saw me travel to Western Australia for the first time to work as the very first Aurora intern placed at Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC), a corporation that represents the K&M people in the Pilbara, who currently have a native title application underfoot and se

Sharna Trigg

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Summer 2015

In November of 2014 I was flown to Karratha to complete an internship with Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC). I gained this placement through the Aurora Internship Program. The process for gaining the internship was straight forward; it was like applying for a job.

Shelley Rowlatt

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Winter 2014

Leaving my new home in Adelaide, I wondered what I was getting myself into with my Aurora internship placement to KMAC in Karratha.  Especially given that Karratha was as far away from Adelaide as my home town in England was from the North Pole, it certainly put things in perspective.

Alexis Brassil-Hedger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Winter 2014

Native Title as a legal concept first caught my attention during Property Law, when I completed my major essay on the subject. Native Title attempts to reconcile two systems of law and their respective proprietary rights.

Meghan Barr

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Mt Isa
Round: 
Summer 2015

Broadening my horizons and gaining an enhanced understanding of the interaction between the law and Aboriginal people were the main reasons why I undertook a legal internship via the Aurora Project.  Throughout the lengthy enrolment process, I knew that I wanted to immerse myself in a new environ

Teina Te Hemara

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Karratha
Round: 
Winter 2015

I was accepted to intern at Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC) in the winter break of 2015.  This was made possible through the Aurora Internship Program for myself as a third year university student, along with many others just like me stationed across the country.

Dejana Graziano

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Community Development/Ranger Programs
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Winter 2016

Within just a couple of weeks, I found out that I would be jetting off to Broome to complete a 6 week internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program based in the Community Development Unit at Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY).

Clare Harrison

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Broome
Round: 
Summer 2018

 As I peered with excitement out of the aeroplane window, laying my eyes for the first time on Australia’s west coast, I felt immensely privileged to have been placed in Broome.

Meg Green

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2017

In July of 2017, I was given the opportunity to be part of The Aurora  Internship Program. Aurora places a range of students and graduates from different disciplines with Indigenous sector host organisations that may lack staff or funding.

Billeigh Waaha

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

As a mature aged student, I came to La Trobe University with the intention of earning a certification, which would allow employment within the field of native title, or at least somewhere within the Aboriginal sector.

Eleanor Smith

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2012

During the past six weeks I have been in Darwin undertaking an internship through a placement program named The Aurora Project, which places anthropology, law and some social sciences students and graduates in internships with Native Title Representative Bodies.

Julian Chant

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2012

I was buzzing when I heard the news that I would be heading off to Darwin as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. I knew it would be a world away from growing up in brash Sydney and living in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Hannah Moody

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2017

Having just graduated with my double degree, I knew I wanted to continue my studies and undertake honours. But I felt I was lacking in the practical experience that often comes with anthropological work.

John Glavimans

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Winter 2017

I was first introduced to the Aurora Internship Program during my Graduate Diploma at Melbourne University by a fellow student. They emphasized the fun and possibilities it had opened up for them, particularly if I wanted to work in Indigenous affairs.

Winter Lappin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2017

When I received confirmation of my Aurora placement with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in Darwin for six weeks over the winter break I was overjoyed. The prospect of working for such a unique organisation was extremely exciting.

Alessandro Ramasco

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Alice Springs
Round: 
Winter 2017

I came to Australia for the first time in 2009 to conduct my honors research thesis focused on Australian Aboriginal Land Rights.

Soraya Wyssusek

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2018

I decided to apply for an Aurora internship in the final semester of my Bachelor of Arts, in which I took an extended major in anthropology. At that point in my degree, getting a taste of ‘real life anthropology’ was exactly what I wanted and also felt I needed to do.

Janelle Koh

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2016

**Please note the term Aboriginal will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous’, unless stated in a title.

Advocating for change in the Aboriginal Health sector

Janelle Koh

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2016

**Please note the term Aboriginal will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous’, unless stated in a title.
Advocating for change in the Aboriginal Health sector

Adam Keen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2017

**Please note the term Aboriginal will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous’, unless stated in a title

Caleb Rivers

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Health Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2018

I decided at the start of this year that I would become more proactive in my own individual development. For the past few years as a uni student, I had watched as others were given great opportunities and promoted the various organisations that they had been involved with.

Simone Harrington

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Health Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2019

**Please note the term Aboriginal will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous’, unless stated otherwise.

Emily Delks

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Health/Medical Services
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Summer 2019

Please note that the term ‘Aboriginal’ will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous,’ unless otherwise stated.

 

Inara Walden

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2014

Over winter I have had the privilege of undertaking a five week internship in Darwin via the Aurora Internship Program.

Emily Treeby

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2017

Reflecting on my time as an Aurora intern with Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory (APO NT), I could not be happier that I made the choice to apply to the Aurora Internship Program for the 2017 winter round.

Imogen D'Souza

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2018

Having just returned from a six month trip for my semester abroad where I studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Darwin was a real shock to the system. Firstly, my body struggled to handle the relentless and sweaty humidity, and I was shaken by the tropical rain every evening.

Sophie Bogard

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Denham
Round: 
Winter 2018

Over this past winter I completed an Aurora internship at Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) in Darwin. APO NT is an alliance of key Indigenous organisations in the Northern Territory.

Isabella Satz

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Summer 2019

 

Spending six weeks at APO NT via the Aurora Internship Program was the perfect end to my time at university and start of a next chapter. I just finished my Honours year and stepping out of the books and into the real world was a difficult but much needed and welcomed change.

Alice McNab

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2019

 

I had a fantastic time in Darwin, where I interned at Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern

Territory (APO NT) for five weeks in June/July 2019 as part of the Aurora Internship Program. I had

Ella Burton-Taylor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2016

I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Aurora Internship Program because of my interest in native title and Indigenous affairs.

Alison Kay

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Melbourne
Round: 
Winter 2018

The Agreements Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project falls within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Ben Brant

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Aboriginal Land Councils
Location: 
Umuwa
Round: 
Summer 2012

As an undergraduate student studying a BA (Anthropology), I am just entering the final semester of my third year.

Lara McArthur-Dowty

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Arts and Culture
Location: 
Darwin
Round: 
Winter 2015

I left Melbourne University with my Bachelor of Arts degree in my hand and a bunch of enthusiasm, yet still unsure how to approach the big scary job market.

Emma Fitch

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2013

Over the 2012/2013 summer – autumn period I undertook a twelve-week part-time Aurora legal internship as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program,, where I was fortunate to receive my first preference with the Australian Capital Territory Corrective Services (ACTCS).

Anna Holtby

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2017

ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) is part of the ACT Government which has responsibility for offenders within Community Corrections, and detainees within ACT correctional centres.  ACTCS seeks to do this in a way that maintains the safety and security of detainees, offenders and the community, whil

Hope Kuchel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Justice Agencies
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2018

Over the winter holidays of 2018, I undertook a four week placement with the ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) through the Aurora Internship Program. This required that I find temporary accommodation in Canberra on the land of the Ngunnawal people, who are the traditional custodians.

Madeline Harden

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2015

While governance seems such a theoretical concept, AIGI successfully translates governance into effective practice and assists Indigenous led organisations across Australia achieve their overall goals and create positive changes in the communities in which they operate.

Hannah Hia

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Not-for-profit organisations
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2016

The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) is a non-profit organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians achieve self-determined economic, social and cultural aspirations through strong governance.

Caroline Beasley

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2016

After graduating from Arts/Law at ANU in mid-2016, I decided to take some time off to try some different things and learn some new skills. I was fortunate enough to complete two Aurora Internships during this time via the Aurora Internship Program.

Georgia Alexander

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2017

When the call for applications for summer placements with the Aurora Internship Program once again came up at the end of last year, I jumped at the opportunity.

Alice Wighton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2017

After graduating from the University of Melbourne with Honours in Australian Indigenous Studies I took some time off and realised two things.

Caitlin Galpin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2015

Based in Canberra and owned and operated by Indigenous Australians, the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through the provision of accredited courses in Indigenous Leadership and Business (Governance).

Olivia Kelly

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2012

I was fortunate to spend 5 weeks over the winter break working at the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) in Canberra. Slightly miffed that this also meant I could not escape a very cold Canberra winter, I began nonetheless with an open mind and excitement!

Stephanie Schweiger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Environment/Heritage
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2014

American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead once wrote to 'never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' The small team lead by Rachelle Towart at the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) is that ex

Tim Graney

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2012

There comes a time in many a student’s journey where life simply seems to revolve around what is important for them as an individual.

Emily Taylor

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2015

Approaching community development projects as an educated privileged white person can be awkward, and in some cases, highly insensitive. When you choose to work in communities with a background in systemic poverty, post-colonial trauma and discrimination, you are often the elephant in the room.

Liesje Barratt

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2016

As a student of International Development at ACU I have learnt a lot about the inequality and injustice affecting people in developing countries.

Chloe Tredrea

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2018

Having recently graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, I was interested in doing an Aurora internship to broaden my understanding of the Indigenous sector and to gain practical research skills.

Wendy Somerville

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2013

The Ngunnawal Centre at University of Canberra provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and it was through those offices that I heard about the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.

Alison Ross

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2013

Canberra, Government, Politics. Three words that go together automatically for most Australians. When I think of Canberra the connotations are much more specific to my personal experience. Indigenous issues, native title, policy, research.

Ana Maria Parada Rodrigues

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2016

The Aurora Internship Program is an exceptional program designed to support law, anthropology and social science students and graduates to undertake work experience with key organisations in the area of native title and the broader Indiegbnous sector.

Kelsie-Anne Bencich

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2014

After successfully applying for the winter 2014 round of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program I was placed at AIATSIS in Canberra for 5 weeks.

Matthew Barton

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2015

Canberra: one name that automatically dredges up memories of visiting Parliament House and the War Memorial on primary school excursions. Canberra: one name that immediately conjures vivid imagery of inescapable round-a-bouts, Questacon, fireworks and Lake Burley Griffin.

Michael Harwood

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2013

Over the winter break of 2013 I decided to seize the opportunity to be an Aurora Intern. Friends, classmates and lecturers had recommended the Aurora Native Title Internship Program as a great way to engage with issues of Indigenous Australian anthropology firsthand, in particular native title.

Timothy Heffernan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2015

Located on the edge of Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is an eminent centre for Indigenous affairs, housing a vast collection of artefacts and resources, and home to many celebrated researchers and pra

Alice Nagel

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2012

On our first day of the Aurora internship program, we were bombarded with many new acronyms: AIATSIS, NTRU, NTRBs, PBCs, ILUAs and the NTA.

Ashoor Khan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2011

Having been a law student for the last four and half years, I have to say that I am much more cynical than I was when I first arrived at the ANU.

Dabae Lekakis

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2015

Between January and February this year I undertook an internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra. 

Jessica Ward

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2014

My internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has been a rewarding learning experience.

Lara Strelnikow

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2015

While like all law students I was familiar with the existence of native title, prior to my Aurora internship I knew little of the complexities of gaining recognition of native title rights and interests.

Jacqueline Battin

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2017

Over 5 weeks in November and December, I undertook an internship as part of the Aurora Internship Program at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). AIATSIS is a distinguished research, collections and publishing organisation.

Kelsey Bagust

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2017

Throughout my academic career, I’d had little exposure to native title and Indigenous affairs. After speaking to my peers and other environmental management students, I discovered that my experience was not isolated.

Sharon Ahmer

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Summer 2018

This summer, as an Aurora legal intern, I was lucky enough to feel that I really did something worthwhile. I spent six amazing weeks in Canberra supporting the native title research and publications team at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Silkom Powell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2017

Gone Fishing: My time with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Briege Kelly

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Anthropology
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2018

This past winter I undertook an Aurora anthropology internship in my home town Canberra at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Kathleen Campbell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Policy/Research
Location: 
Canberra
Round: 
Winter 2019

This past July I was fortunate enough to undertake an Aurora legal internship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Emily Graves

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2018

How quickly five weeks flew by whilst participating in The Aurora Internship Program with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF).  The entire experience was wonderful.  Living and working in a new environment, meeting new people and being part of an organisation such as the ALNF w

Ruby Fischer

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Social Science
Sector: 
Education/Training
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2018

ALNF believes that being able to read and write is a basic human right, and this includes the right to be literate in your mother tongue. First languages are key to wellbeing and give people a way to connect to their culture.

 

Amelia Rieger

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Barristers/Legal Firms
Location: 
Adelaide
Round: 
Summer 2014

In summer 2014 I undertook an Aurora Native Title Internship and was placed with Mr Andrew Collett, an Adelaide based native title barrister. Andrew has dedicated his life’s work to facilitating Indigenous access to justice in Australia.