What Indigenous interns say

As an Indigenous person it’s a wonderful experience to be able to work with Aboriginal workers and share knowledges and experiences around the needs of Indigenous communities and be supported and mentored.

Takira Simon, Riawunna

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 was exposed to a work environment in the city. I gained an understanding of what it was like to live in the metro area and participating in a more developed organization that managed smaller and broader indigenous services in health in Western Australia.  Overall it has been a unique experience for me personally and one I will remember.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

I love that there are so many Koori orgs that Aurora is partnered with. Aurora makes it easy for mob (and non-Indigenous people) to become engaged in the Aboriginal sector.

Olivia Bentley, VU Moondani Balluk

Throughout my Internship, I was also able to explore my own cultural identity which has helped me to refine my practice framework and can assist me in future practice. I took away some important learnings and transferable skills from this experience.

Jenaya Emzin-Smith, YJ

Every step of the way I have felt as if I am a part of the team and have been trusted with a host of different media and comms work including: writing up media releases, social media engagement, assisting with events etc.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

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

The most rewarding aspect of my placement with FYA was working with young, blak mob.  Being able to travel to Broome was also an unbelievable experience and a seminal moment in my life, due to the powerful on-country learning and opportunity to attend the National Native Title Country.   The internship completely aligned with my interests and passions.  The scholarship was also extremely appreciated as it meant I was able to support myself while undertaking an experience that I believe has had an immense and indelible effect on my career-planning and life direction more generally.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

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