Four years of learning the black and white letter law from dusty textbooks could not have prepared me for the challenging yet rewarding experience of interning at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS).
An Internship with a Difference
Last summer break was indeed a very enlightening break where I undertook a social science Aurora internship assisting the research unit at NTSCORP in Sydney. I always had a passion for land and an active interest to be involved in research work related to land affairs and Indigenous communities.
Ever thought about doing an internship? Ever wanted the chance to do some work that would really contribute to a major social justice issue? Then maybe it’s time you checked out the Aurora Program.
The Aurora Project is an initiative supported by a host of government, private, educational and philanthropic organisations that was originally established to offer much needed support to the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) sector on a national level.
The Aurora Native Title Internship Program provides a fantastic and unique opportunity for students and graduates in anthropology, some social sciences and law to gain insight and experience in Aboriginal native title, policy development, social justice, human rights and Indigenous affairs.
The Aurora Internship Program is a rare and rewarding opportunity for students and graduates to understand history and anthropology as they are practised in the native title system.
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I arrived at NTSCORP as an Aurora intern at an exciting time, as it was during this time that 2 historic native title claims were being finalised. The first was a native title claim that had been over 10 years in the making for the Barkandji people at Broken Hill.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete an Aurora Native Title internship during 18 January 2012 – 24 February 2012. Whilst I was based in the Native Title Services (NTSCORP) head office at Redfern, I was doing work for the National Native Title Council (NNTC) and NTSCORP.