What Indigenous interns say

My expectations were 100% exceeded. I went from initially asking if i could reduce my internship feeling overwhelmed (after the first day) to not only doing a 6-week internship but am now staying on to do casual work as a paralegal.  I saw first-hand what kind of lawyer I aspire to be. Overall, I was proud of myself for stepping up and seeing through my internship, and gaining knowledge and confidence to do tasks.  This has positively impacted not only myself but has been beneficial to my studies.  I am also thankful for the support the Aurora staff provided.

Ricki-Lee Walley, KCLS

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

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)

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

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

My time at the ALS gave me great insight into the challenges solicitors and vulnerable clients and face in the legal system. The ALS provided me with a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of criminal law and the legal system in general.

Tim Forrest, ALS

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my six-week placement at Arts Law, and feel as though I have learnt so much which will assist my professional development. I also feel grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing organisation and group of individuals. 

Sharna White, ALCA

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

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

The ability to have practical experience in the native title/Indigenous affairs areas provides a far greater learning experience in 4-6 weeks than could be achieved in the classroom. To do this while also providing support to potentially underfunded/staffed organisations is a privilege.

Jonathan Bean, YMAC