What Indigenous interns say

My four weeks spent as an Aurora Commonwealth funded intern gave me insightful experiences and knowledge about my future career pathway. It has only made my passion to work in this field stronger, and I am excited to see where the future will take me.

Brielle Long, Taree Christian College

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

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

Overall, I enjoyed my 6-week Aurora internship at Arts Law and believe that this experience has allowed me to further develop and gain skills, which will assist with my professional development

Sharna White, ALCA

I was able to experience what native title law is compared to studying the theory of it at University. I enjoyed working alongside passionate lawyers and meeting traditional owners.

Mikaela French, CYLC

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)

I have really enjoyed and learnt a lot whilst on placement at VACCHO, throughout my placement I was exposed to various learning experiences and opportunities, which provided me with greater knowledge, motivation and inspiration when it comes to health policy and Indigenous affairs.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

My experience at SNAICC was well worthwhile as I not only learnt more about research, policy and working as part of an organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but made many new friends along the way. I feel like I truly contributed to the fundamental and vital work being done by SNAICC for our children so that they can grow up feeling important, safe and strong in culture.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have been fortunate enough to be a part of.  Overall I have found this internship to be extremely rewarding as I have learned a lot in a short period of time and hopefully I can come back to YMAC for another stint with this amazing team.

Duane Kelly, YMAC