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.
I came to Australia for the first time in 2009 to conduct my honors research thesis focused on Australian Aboriginal Land Rights.
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).
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!
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.
As an anthropology student majoring in Indigenous studies and coming towards the end of my degree, I had been feeling unsure about what direction to head in next and how my degree would translate to work in a practical context post university.
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.
When I applied for the Aurora Native Title Anthropology Internship in September last year, I was nearing the end of my honours year.