What Indigenous interns say

For Aurora and ACTCS the expectation was very high and therefore I was completing tasks that were engaging and required critical thinking and effort. Their work often goes unnoticed so it was great to see how much effort goes into providing the service they do and being able to appreciate it. 

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

I’ve learnt so much and feel that I have a clear direction to head in. Thankyou Terri for an awesome experience…

David Wenitong, Terri Janke

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

The Aurora Internship Program I feel ensures Indigenous organisations from around Australia can access help and support in a professional and meaningful way of capacity building regional and urban areas while also providing significant lifetime experiences for undergraduate and post graduate students.

Vincent Backhaus, TSM

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

The Aurora Project internship was an experience I am very grateful for. I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with and build friendships with the wonderful team at NASCA, working on some amazing projects for Indigenous youth at the same time. Being given this opportunity at the end of my first year of university was something I would never have expected and I have gained valuable work experience and met some great people along the way. Applying for the Aurora Project Internship Program was a challenge I am happy I took on and I highly recommend applying for the next round as it is something that will not be regretted.

Ayden Marzinotto, NASCA

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

I experienced many firsts including the highs of bringing people back to life and the lows of suicide and fatal MVA’s.  Along the way St Johns continually providing essential peer support services to our entire team.   It has been a hugely surreal journey to have experienced but one I continue to reflect on.   

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

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

As an Aboriginal person, I have a passion for working with Aboriginal people, giving back to my community and working to make a difference. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn more about my culture, my country, my language and develop as a person. I have always been proud of my culture but have never felt ‘truly Indigenous’ because of my skin colour. I believe this experience has benefited me professionally as it has reaffirmed my pride and that I am Indigenous, which I believe will help me to relate to my Indigenous patients. My supervisor has really inspired me as a role model and I look forward to making a difference in my field.

Allison Morgan, WGN