What Indigenous interns say

I really enjoyed working in Family Law team & they were a fantastic group of individuals. I learnt a great deal about how the Family Law sector worked, how much impact the Department of Child Safety known as DCP in Western Australia has on the lives of Indigenous people & what that has meant for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders people not just in Western Australia but Australia in general.

Fiona Middleton-Gala, Social Work intern, ALSWA

I cannot put into words how thankful I am to the Aurora Internship Program providing this opportunity.  As a clinical placement, I completed 240 hours on-road, the most educational time I have had to date.  As a cultural experience it has opened up my eyes to the needs of Aboriginal Australia and the traditions still lived by our first people.  As a personal experience and as an Aboriginal woman, from a comparatively privileged background, it has been sad, happy, exciting, educational and unforgettable. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

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

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

I was really amazed to see how TAI combines academia and culture when teaching the students. It's a wonderful methodology where one compliments the other perfectly. The commitment shown by the Elders and TAI staff is integral to TAI's success. It was inspiring and humbling to be a part of this for a short time.

Shiralee Lawson, AEF

My time at NAAJA has been invaluable and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to come back one day!

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

Interning at VACCHO has presented me with so many great learning opportunities and greater insight into Indigenous affairs and policy. This internship has given me enough insight, experience, motivation and inspiration to want to pursue a career into policy for Indigenous equality, so again thank you Aurora for your constant support throughout.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

I’m very proud and thankful that Aurora provided me the opportunity of the internship, it has been a highlight of my beginning baby lawyer career. 

Jessica Moody, KLC

I have developed a deeper interest in native title as a potential career option.   The most rewarding aspect was the knowledge that the work that I was doing was contributing to assisting Indigenous people to claim native title interests in land, and manage those claims and how native title works in practice. 

Mollie O'Connor, QSNTS

The projects I was involved in really complemented each other, and my learning very well. They seemed perfectly tailored to me - not only did I use most of the subjects/skills learned in my recent degree, but working on the mental health commission project helped give me a better understanding of the field I am returning to.

Ruby Warber, Lowitja