The Ngunnawal Centre at University of Canberra provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and it was through those offices that I heard about the Aurora Native Title Internship Program.
The Aurora Native Title Internship Program is an initiative that gives students and graduates the opportunity to undertake internships within a wide network of organisations working on Indigenous affairs.
As a graduate of a four year social science degree, at times aptly referred to as a glorified Arts degree, I recognised a distinct divide between my glossy new academic qualifications and my level of experience and professional skills.
Canberra, Government, Politics. Three words that go together automatically for most Australians. When I think of Canberra the connotations are much more specific to my personal experience. Indigenous issues, native title, policy, research.
Over the 2012/2013 summer – autumn period I undertook a twelve-week part-time Aurora legal internship as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program,, where I was fortunate to receive my first preference with the Australian Capital Territory Corrective Services (ACTCS).
I'm Matt Blunt. I interned in Canberra with Reconciliation Australia ("RA"), a national not-for-profit organisation largely funded by government, contributing to several projects as part of the Policy, Research and Government Affairs team.
On our first day of the Aurora internship program, we were bombarded with many new acronyms: AIATSIS, NTRU, NTRBs, PBCs, ILUAs and the NTA.
There comes a time in many a student’s journey where life simply seems to revolve around what is important for them as an individual.
I was fortunate to spend 5 weeks over the winter break working at the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) in Canberra. Slightly miffed that this also meant I could not escape a very cold Canberra winter, I began nonetheless with an open mind and excitement!
Having been a law student for the last four and half years, I have to say that I am much more cynical than I was when I first arrived at the ANU.