What Indigenous interns say

I feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity to give back to a place that has unconditionally supported me over the past 7 years, as I know that the work I have done throughout my internship is valuable, and makes a difference to other Indigenous students. Aurora somewhat feels like a second family, and by doing this internship, and meeting more of the team, I feel like my family and support system has extended. I loved feeling part of something special and working with an incredible team that make magic happen. Aurora makes a huge difference in so many students' lives, because what you do best, above all else, is believe in and support us unconditionally.

Oceania Henry, TAI - Camps

My internship has played a huge part in validating my degree choice and helped me to focus on a clear path toward working in Indigenous education. As an Aboriginal woman, it was wonderful to be involved in a program where culture is the foundation.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

Through the Internship Program I have developed my skills and knowledge and had the opportunity to gain real-world experiences within the field I have recently graduated. I was able to confidently engage and established authentic relationships with these young people, who will forever have an influence on my life. I am very fortunate for the support and opportunity that I have received from Aurora and FYA and have only furthered my drive to want to work within my community.

Harriet De Souza, FYA

I am truly grateful for this experience and I believe I have made many memories during my stay.

Brenna O. Bernardino, First Peoples Health Unit

Being an intern at WEHI has broaden my knowledge on both science and lab work.

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

I found the experience to be invaluable. I truly feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to work with such inspirational people doing such tremendous work for our children and community.

Breeana Parsons, AbSec

I have learnt a lot whilst completing my internship at AV, being able to sit in on executive team meetings has given me a valuable understanding into the processes of governments. Furthermore, working within the treaty team has given me a unique insight into the current treaty process in Victoria.  My internship at AV has also provided the opportunity to develop substantive legal skills and connect the theory and practice of law by experiencing the law in practice outside of the classroom and textbooks.  Finally, whilst at AV I have been able to strengthen existing relationships as well as form new ones with the Victorian Aboriginal community. Much like the rest of Aboriginal Australia, my community has been encouraged by the treaty discussions in Victoria and will be keeping a close watch on the process.

Clinton Benjamin, AV (formerly OAAV)

Being in a remote community is yet to be one of the biggest challenges I have accomplished throughout my studies. I was challenged mentally and emotionally, whilst learning about the challenges faced within the community, both past and present, as well as gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural issues that are evident in the community. By completing my internship at the Wadeye Safe House, I have been able to continue developing my personal toolkit in which I look forward to using once completing studies.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

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

The placement at AFLS continues to enrich my understanding of the struggles that Aboriginal people encounter here in Kununurra and in the Kimberley as a whole.

Hayden Walker, AFLS