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.
Throughout my Behavioural Science and Arts undergraduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, I have developed a passion and critical awareness of Indigenous Australian issues.
The choice to apply for the Aurora Internship Program is without doubt one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made.
In November 2017 I was lucky enough to be selected to be an Aurora Project Intern.
I heard about the Aurora Internship Program through a career fair at my university. I was already interested in Indigenous affairs through my work as a youth worker.
As a student of International Development at ACU I have learnt a lot about the inequality and injustice affecting people in developing countries.
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).
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.