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.
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 .
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.
The Aurora Internship Program
I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks on placement via the Aurora Internship Program at Cape York Land Council (CYLC) in sunny Cairns.
My experience as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program was above and beyond what I had expected.
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.
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.
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.