Being an international student, I applied for the Aurora Internship Program with little hope to get selected: I feared that organizations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island affairs would not consider to take on board a person who is not from Australia, like me.
Moving over from Fremantle, Western Australia to Melbourne, I was given the opportunity to complete an Aurora internship with VACCHO throughout the semester.
When I received the email that the Aurora Project had successfully placed me with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), I was excited. I was very aware of the reputation VACCHO carries, and the esteem in which it’s held community.
I cannot believe that I have not applied for an Aurora Internship before. The Aurora Internship Program gave me the chance to gain practical and real-world experiences in a sector which I have previously studied both at undergraduate and masters levels.
After completing my Master of Arts in 2015 I wondered where to from here. I majored in social and cultural anthropology, a subject I loved but didn’t know where it would get me.
There were three major reasons to why I applied for an Aurora internship at the beginning of 2016.