What Indigenous interns say

I have had a great time at the NNTT. The staff have been absolutely fantastic - so warm and welcoming. The work has been interesting and varied and, while I sometimes still feel lost, I've learned so much during my time here.

David Hinder, NNTT

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 experience has had a significant impact on myself by strengthening my passions to give back to community, to foster the excellence of our young people, and to be active in the development of our future leaders and change makers. It was also a really enriching experience personally as I was able to come to a greater sense of my Indigeneity through knowledge-sharing with the students.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

It’s been great to not only learn about Paramedic practice here but also to work within Aboriginal communities.  While I have studies them at uni, there is really nothing that can prepare you for how big the education and health gaps are in these communities until you are here.  For me it’s been a true learning experience. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

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

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

The experience and knowledge I gained will be something that will direct where I will go after University and in my arts career.  The best aspects were being able to engage in a pathway which is related to my studies as this was something I have been needing over the past three years whilst studying at art school. 

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

I found my experience extremely rewarding and insightful. I once was an Aboriginal woman who knew little about the child protection space, which is concerning as it affects so many of our mob. I am now proud to say that I have been a part of an organisation that advocates to keep our Aboriginal children and young people safe and protected.

Lakkari Pitt, AbSec

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

This has been a tremendous time for me. Thank you Aurora.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA