What Indigenous interns say

I have really enjoyed my internship with ASLWA working in family law unit. The experience was definitely beneficial to my future career aspirations.

Fiona Middleton-Gala, ALSWA

The Aurora Internship Program has been a fantastic introduction to full time research and I am honoured to be an Aurora alumni member.

Barbara Bynder, NULUNGU

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work at the National Justice Project and am incredibly privileged to be working at the National Justice Project alongside a team of people committed to promoting policy changes in onshore and offshore detention centres and correctional centres. 

Carly Baque, NJP

This experience has taught me so much about myself and where my arts can take me, which has been something I have been really needing these past few year.

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

I could not be any more stoked on the experiences and knowledge I was privileged of gaining over summer. The Aurora program internships are absolutely fantastic! A very rewarding, and educational experience!

Brielle Long, Chatham

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

The First Peoples Health Unit is an amazing organisation, with all the people involved so passionate about Indigenous health, academic achievements and belonging. The most rewarding aspects of my placement was the cultural knowledge I was able to gain from speaking to other Indigenous people, attending cultural tours and simply researching the area of cultural safety.  It showed me how crucial and important Indigenous research on health was to closing the gap.  As I am Indigenous myself, it allowed me to be more in touch with my heritage and allowed me to feel connected to other Aboriginal people and the environment in a way I have never felt before, and I am extremely grateful for that. It has improved my confidence, social skills and overall development as a person after gaining so much cultural knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture. I gained much more than just professional experience.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

It was a very welcoming environment at KCLS and it was so rewarding to get good outcomes for the clients. It was great to develop friendships and work relationships that are meaningful.

Kira Clark, KCLS

ALS was the perfect environment for a new intern. I felt that I could be productive but also spend time observing and learning new skills for my own development. It was made very clear that the experience was dependent on what we wanted to get out of it. I liked this approach, as I was able to take on jobs and help out, but there was no pressure from the staff. I also loved that the internship opened up a pathway for me to become involved in the Indigenous sector, which I have long been aspiring to do. I feel incredibly lucky to have had this experience and I can't explain how appreciative I am of the efforts made by the team to make everything manageable for me. I feel like I have had the opportunity to develop my own skills and make connections that I may not have been able to do without the assistance through Aurora.

Holli Backhouse, ALS

My internship gave me a greater understanding of how emergency ambulances work and operate in different parts of Australia. It has given me a life time of knowledge, skills and experience that I would never have learnt anywhere else.

Taylor McLean, St John Ambulance