When I applied for the Aurora Internship Program, I had already completed my undergraduate degree and I was awaiting an admission into the Honours program in anthropology. I was at a point in my career where it was necessary to ascertain some guiding principles moving forward.
The one expectation I had of my experience as an Aurora intern was to begin to resolve the question that had been raised over my first four years at University regarding the value and legitimacy of Anthropology in relation to Indigenous affairs.
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.
As I sit down to write this report about my experiences as a participant in the Summer 2017 Aurora Internship program, I realise that I am proud of the year that has been and am excited and grateful for the opportunities that 2018 presents.
Through the Aurora Internship Program I was placed at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), based at their Perth office. I was there for 6 weeks throughout November and December 2017. YMAC is a not for profit Native Title Representative Body.
My time at Central Desert Native Title Services
I was first introduced to the Aurora Internship Program during my Graduate Diploma at Melbourne University by a fellow student. They emphasized the fun and possibilities it had opened up for them, particularly if I wanted to work in Indigenous affairs.
My journey to undertake my Aurora internship with the Aurora Education Foundation (AEF) in Sydney was a whirlwind adventure. Within a few days of completing my last assignment of my undergraduate degree, I had packed up the car and was leaving Melbourne winter behind.
Are you an anthropology student who is fascinated by Aboriginal culture, past and present? Do you want to get “baptised” by the real-life working experience outside the lecture hall? Then you will choose SANTS as an internship opportunity via the Aurora Internship Program.