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!

My time at GLSC has been very enjoyable. I spent four weeks during the winter break doing a number of different tasks. My supervisor selected these tasks based on my botany and Indigenous studies background. One was researching Ngadju plants; their Ngadju names, scientific names and traditional uses. I was able to use a range of research methods, both Indigenous and western, which provided me with different perspectives and ways of knowing.

The second task was working with Ngadju language. By listening to audio recordings of people speaking Ngadju I expanded the wordlist of Ngadju words, a project started by another aroura intern. I also made soundbites of these words which can be used for language education in the future.  Finally, I put all the information together to create a huge database, or as my supervisor called it—Ngadju wiki.

Everyone in the office was lovely and welcoming. And it was really interesting to work alongside lawyers, anthropologists and Ngadju people.

This amazing opportunity provided me with hands on and practical skills that I was not provided with during my university studies. As well as providing me with new skills, it was my first time working in a professional workplace and I gained many valuable lessons from this. The Aurora Internship was an incredible experience and it gave me an idea of what type of direction I want to head in in the future—I highly recommend it to anyone in law, social science or anthropology.

Applications for the summer 2016/17 round of internships will be accepted online via our website between 9am AEST Monday 1st August through to 5pm AEST Friday 26th August 2016. For more information, visit www.auroraproject.com.au. 

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!

My time at GLSC has been very enjoyable. I spent four weeks during the winter break doing a number of different tasks. My supervisor selected these tasks based on my botany and Indigenous studies background. One was researching Ngadju plants; their Ngadju names, scientific names and traditional uses. I was able to use a range of research methods, both Indigenous and western, which provided me with different perspectives and ways of knowing.

The second task was working with Ngadju language. By listening to audio recordings of people speaking Ngadju I expanded the wordlist of Ngadju words, a project started by another aroura intern. I also made soundbites of these words which can be used for language education in the future.  Finally, I put all the information together to create a huge database, or as my supervisor called it—Ngadju wiki.

Everyone in the office was lovely and welcoming. And it was really interesting to work alongside lawyers, anthropologists and Ngadju people.

This amazing opportunity provided me with hands on and practical skills that I was not provided with during my university studies. As well as providing me with new skills, it was my first time working in a professional workplace and I gained many valuable lessons from this. The Aurora Internship was an incredible experience and it gave me an idea of what type of direction I want to head in in the future—I highly recommend it to anyone in law, social science or anthropology.

Applications for the summer 2016/17 round of internships will be accepted online via our website between 9am AEST Monday 1st August through to 5pm AEST Friday 26th August 2016. For more information, visit www.auroraproject.com.au.