As a recent graduate from a social science degree in anthropology and sociology I was very committed to developing my theoretical understanding of Indigenous culture and knowledge in a practical and professional work environment.
My time interning at Ninti One in Alice Springs, through the Aurora Internship Program, was adventurous, stimulating, and inspiring.
In January of 2016 I left the cold summer of Melbourne behind for two months in forty-degree Alice Springs. As part of the International Studies course at RMIT I was required to undertake a 40-day placement, which is included in the course as part of ‘work integrated learning’.
The internship offered at Ninti One via the Aurora Internship Program has most definitely exceeded my expectations about what it is like to work in the space of Indigenous affairs.
January 2015, I left my home town of Adelaide on a 1500km solo road trip to Alice Springs, to commence my Aurora internship with Ninti One, via the Aurora Internship Program. This long drive took me two days, with a night’s stay at the infamous ‘Coober Pedy’.
As the plane descended into Alice Springs, I could not keep the smile off my face. The rustic red and green land below was in stark contrast to the rich greens and blues I had just left behind in Melbourne.
Upon descending into the desert on my first cloudless Saturday morning in Alice Springs, I was filled with a very profound sense of serenity and awe. The lines in the desert reminded me of the veins embedded in a cranium; prominent, intricate, a pervading force of life.
After being accepted into the Aurora Internship Program, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that a massive learning experience was awaiting.
I would like to pay my respects to the Traditional Owners of this land – the Gubbi Gubbi people; past, present and future, and recognise their unique country, culture, language and knowledge systems.
I reached the end of my degree in Development Studies and International Relations, and, like many students in these disciplines, felt a bit lost as to what was next.