n the final year of my straight law degree at the University of Tasmania, I applied for an internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. I felt the Program matched my human rights and social justice inclinations perfectly, and I was right!
After completing my first Aurora internship at the Kimberley Land Council in the summer 2013/14 round within the anthropology stream, I decided to apply for a second internship so I could build upon my legal skills in the area of native title.
Awakening to the realities of Native Title
I learned about the Aurora Project through my friends who completed internships in previous years and was inspired to apply this year as a graduate of Macquarie University.
In July 2016 I was fortunate enough to intern with the Communications Team at the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) in Perth, as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
The National Native Title Tribunal is an agency established under the Native Title Act (NTA) of 1993. It performs a range of functions required by the Act. During my internship at the NNTT, I was able to further my knowledge of native title and the processes associated with it.
Coming from Europe, I had limited knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous groups and their multifaceted cultural heritage. Therefore, during my six month long stay in Australia as a part of my study program, I was eager to gain more in-depth information into the complexity of Indigenous affairs.
For 6 weeks in November/December of 2018 I had the pleasure of being placed with the National Native Title Tribunal at the Brisbane office, as part of an internship program through Aurora. As an Indigenous applicant I also received an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship.