Over the winter break, I had an amazing opportunity to undertake an Aurora Commonwealth funded internship and travel to the remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye, in the Northern Territory. Wadeye has a population of approximately 3000 people from seven language group and 20 clans.
Over the summer period of 2016/17, I was fortunate enough to undertake two separate Aurora internships, as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
When I applied for the Aurora Internship Program, I never expected to be offered an internship in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. I was placed in Wadeye, a community of 3,000 people located southwest of Darwin on Kardu Diminin land.
From the air Wadeye, positioned upon Kardu Diminin Land, is just a small cleared opening, dotted with dwellings amongst the weaving river inlets, red earth and mangrove lined coastline.
I applied to an internship through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program after having completed a Master degree in Development Studies followed by a Master degree in Indigenous studies, from the University of the New South Wales.
The Aurora project provides internship opportunities to become involved in native title, policy, social justice and Indigenous affairs whilst providing additional resources to organisations in need of assistance.
The Children’s Services Support Unit [CSSU] Inc.
I was very lucky for the opportunity provided through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, to spend 6 weeks in Wadeye; a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory [NT].
For myself, and perhaps most Arts students, internships were something that I only experienced when observing the desperate attempts of commerce students to secure the perfect placement and thus their perfect career path.