What Indigenous interns say

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

Interning at VACCHO has presented me with so many great learning opportunities and greater insight into Indigenous affairs and policy. This internship has given me enough insight, experience, motivation and inspiration to want to pursue a career into policy for Indigenous equality, so again thank you Aurora for your constant support throughout.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

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

I have really enjoyed my time here at AIATSIS. This experience has been a positive one and I'm so glad I spent the winter at AIATSIS. 

Lucy Schroeder, AIATSIS

I have had a positive experience at FYA and felt that I have developed professionally and am beyond grateful for the opportunity.

Harriet de Souza, FYA

As an Indigenous person it’s a wonderful experience to be able to work with Aboriginal workers and share knowledges and experiences around the needs of Indigenous communities and be supported and mentored.

Takira Simon, Riawunna

The Aurora Placement gave me the opportunity to explore, learn and work within the WEHI. Being able to use the machines, carry out techniques and being in an environment that allowed me to ask many questions felt like this understanding was facilitated and meant my learning experience felt productive.  This opportunity has created such intrigue for me. I am eager to see what avenues within health and medical research might align with my passions and hopefully explore what post-graduate study and work possibilities are possible within this field.

Kasarina Mann, WEHI

Ninti brought me right in on their projects and gave me some core work, which was amazing!  This experience has taught me more about how Government contracts and research from universities get rolled out in communities through NGOs.

Vanessa Farrelly, Ninti One

The practical experiences I’ve gained is so valuable in helping me along with my study and I’ve also met people within different organisation that have referred me so I can gain employment and also further placement opportunities. I am very grateful for the experiences I’ve had on this journey. A valuable and enriching experience for us all.

Kellie Gibson, YJ

This I can honestly say has been the most influential experiences I have had in regards to professional and personal development. As an Indigenous physiotherapy student, I have always sought to steer my practice towards promoting Indigenous healthcare and throughout my time with the FPHU, my motivation and aspirations have only risen.  This internship has nurtured my development as a student and has really re-charged my batteries that were going a bit flat after three years of studying, but now I am more pumped than ever, looking in to the future and seeing the many opportunities available to me.

Matthew Hoffman, First Peoples Health Unit