What Indigenous interns say

Conducting an internship at the Alliance (and VACCHO) opened by eyes up in the Indigenous health and policy sector. I was exposed to the multitude of amazing things that VACCHO do throughout Victoria for Aboriginal people, and had the privilege to meet so many talented and passionate people here. My work for the Alliance taught me about the importance of advocacy in policy and program development, especially in the Aboriginal out-of-home-care sphere.  The funding enables Indigenous individuals who may come from low-socioeconomic / under-resourced backgrounds to gain experiences with these organisations, which they may not have the chance to without the support of Aurora.

Makayla Jennings, VACCHO

Over my short four weeks, I have strengthened my knowledge of the criminal justice system and learned how ACT policy differs from Victoria. It has definitely reinforced my aspiration to choose a career pathway in this field – which is one of the key things I wanted to gain out of the placement.

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

My time with AIDA has gone but it has been the catalyst for many changes in my life direction and the most formative experience for me personally, since making the decision to go back to study.

Christine Torcetti, AIDA

For Aurora and ACTCS the expectation was very high and therefore I was completing tasks that were engaging and required critical thinking and effort. Their work often goes unnoticed so it was great to see how much effort goes into providing the service they do and being able to appreciate it. 

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

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

This experience has really highlighted the inequities and systemic problems that underline the current system and continue to further the disproportionate over-representation of Indigenous children in the child protection area. Following my internship, I actually have a greater sense of pride in my cultural identity and feel more empowered to advocate in this area.

 

Sophie Heath, SNAICC

Overall I feel very lucky to be involved in the Aurora Internship Program and am glad that I have been able to make a contribution to Food Ladder. 

Faith Considine, Food Ladder

My placement has made me feel like I have really contributed to the work they are and will continue to be doing when I leave, while valuing my opinion for future resources to benefit Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children in child protection.   I have learnt so much not only about policy research but about what it means to have a full time 9-5 working job which has been a great learning experience.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

QSNTS has a wonderful working environment and all Aurora Interns who have the privilege of working there will feel supported, valued and have an all around great experience!

Laura MacColl, QSNTS

I found my experience extremely rewarding and insightful. I once was an Aboriginal woman who knew little about the child protection space, which is concerning as it affects so many of our mob. I am now proud to say that I have been a part of an organisation that advocates to keep our Aboriginal children and young people safe and protected.

Lakkari Pitt, AbSec