What Indigenous interns say

My learning has been very rich indeed in terms of looking back at history how it has created policy and legislation and where we as a Nation are sitting and where do we go from here. 

Kizzy Smith, DLGSCI-ACHWA

The best aspect of the Program is the fact that it is funded for indigenous students - definitely would not have been able to participate without that.

Emma St Clair, ALRC

I have learnt so much from this experience that I plan to use in my future career. My time at TRANBY is something I will never forget and I hope I the work I did is able to help such an amazing place to reach its goals in the future.

Lauren Dahl, TRANBY

The most rewarding time I had at Danila Dilba Health Service was to see how the service has the ability to save lives. People who are disengaged with main stream health care are contacted by Danila Dilba to provide essential services. There is a partnership between Danila Dilba and ATSI people that has been established over a long time and I enjoyed to see on a daily basis the trust and respect that the service has to keep safe and protect ATSI people.

Kristina Zillhardt, DDHS

My four weeks spent as an Aurora Commonwealth funded intern gave me insightful experiences and knowledge about my future career pathway. It has only made my passion to work in this field stronger, and I am excited to see where the future will take me.

Brielle Long, Taree Christian College

Over the course of the placement I have gained a new found appreciation of the just how challenging and technical native title law is. It has been a pleasure to assist the Senator with his endeavors for better reform in this space. I have also learnt more about some of the political processes that happen behind the scenes. This has been a valuable insight for someone who is interested in a career in policy.  Reflecting back on the experience in its entirety, I have certainly gained a confirmation that I want to work in the Indigenous sector. I have been challenged and inspired by many of the people I have met working in this space. I would like to thank Aurora for organising such an amazing placement.

Tyrone Kelly, Office of Senator Dodson

I love that there are so many Koori orgs that Aurora is partnered with. Aurora makes it easy for mob (and non-Indigenous people) to become engaged in the Aboriginal sector.

Olivia Bentley, VU Moondani Balluk

This experience has set up a pathway into my future that I was always keen on pursuing, but it has given me clarity and a realistic vision I can strive to pursue.  I honestly cannot thank Aurora enough for this opportunity and experience and generosity.

Jay Lee Snowden, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

I really enjoyed working in Family Law team & they were a fantastic group of individuals. I learnt a great deal about how the Family Law sector worked, how much impact the Department of Child Safety known as DCP in Western Australia has on the lives of Indigenous people & what that has meant for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders people not just in Western Australia but Australia in general.

Fiona Middleton-Gala, Social Work intern, ALSWA

This is great educative experience, where you really do learn on the job. You are immersed within an environment in which you may want to work, so you can experience and get a taste of what it takes to work and excel in such a setting
It can be transformative in many ways (learning about and/or gaining a broader understanding of Indigenous affairs, Native Title etc.) Also transformative in the sense that this program can shape your future direction (which it is doing in my case).

Andrew Coe, QSNTS