I started my Aurora Project internship on a Greyhound bus in Darwin, travelling the 1,500 kilometers to remote Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley.
The Aurora Internship Program provides intern support to over 170 Indigenous sector organisations working in the area of native title, land rights, community development, health policy, education, justice and research.
I’ve been in Melbourne for 3 years undertaking my bachelor’s degree. As a Development Studies student, I always consider working in the Indigenous sector a great way to start my career; when I found about the Aurora Internship Program I didn’t hesitate to apply.
Since moving to Australia I have been drawn to the Kimberley, and hence the thought of undertaking an internship there has been on my mind since beginning law school.
My Aurora placement via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program was confirmed 2 weeks before the end of semester: Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia for 4 ½ weeks.
4,125km from Sydney, 400km east of Broome and in the middle of nowhere is Fitzroy Crossing and this is where I spent my winter break. While going to the middle of nowhere, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, may sound like a crazy thing to do, I had an amazing experience.