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.
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.
After having graduated from a Dutch university with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology I decided to move to Melbourne for ten months.
During June to July 2017 I completed an Aurora internship with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) in Darwin.
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.
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.
In July of 2017, I was given the opportunity to be part of The Aurora Internship Program. Aurora places a range of students and graduates from different disciplines with Indigenous sector host organisations that may lack staff or funding.
In preparation for my mid-year graduation from Bachelor of Arts Honours in Anthropology, I applied for the winter 2017 round of the Aurora Internship Program.
I came to Australia for the first time in 2009 to conduct my honors research thesis focused on Australian Aboriginal Land Rights.
When I received confirmation of my Aurora placement with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in Darwin for six weeks over the winter break I was overjoyed. The prospect of working for such a unique organisation was extremely exciting.