What Indigenous interns say

The best aspects of the internship program was being able to extend my cultural knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced within our remote communities. This has motivated me to get more experience in cross-cultural communication and community development work.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

It was an opportunity to work in a sector that I was interested in, but had no experience with. The internship allowed me to decide that native title is a field that I'd like to work in.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

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

The most rewarding aspect of my internships was learning new skills and being exposed to experienced professionals and possible job opportunities.

Hope Saba, First Peoples Health Unit

The Aurora Internship Program has been a fantastic introduction to full time research and I am honoured to be an Aurora alumni member.

Barbara Bynder, NULUNGU

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work at the National Justice Project and am incredibly privileged to be working at the National Justice Project alongside a team of people committed to promoting policy changes in onshore and offshore detention centres and correctional centres. 

Carly Baque, NJP

The work I completed was not only challenging, but was tangibly related to ongoing projects at YMAC. Being able to situate my work in the broader context of the Native Title process gave me a better understanding of both the tasks and Native Title on the whole.

Jonathan Bean, YMAC

The First Peoples Health Unit is an amazing organisation, with all the people involved so passionate about Indigenous health, academic achievements and belonging. The most rewarding aspects of my placement was the cultural knowledge I was able to gain from speaking to other Indigenous people, attending cultural tours and simply researching the area of cultural safety.  It showed me how crucial and important Indigenous research on health was to closing the gap.  As I am Indigenous myself, it allowed me to be more in touch with my heritage and allowed me to feel connected to other Aboriginal people and the environment in a way I have never felt before, and I am extremely grateful for that. It has improved my confidence, social skills and overall development as a person after gaining so much cultural knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture. I gained much more than just professional experience.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

I am so grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to attend IMPACT and the National Native Title conference; it has been the highlight of the year and a seminal moment in my life. It really affirmed for me the direction I want go, and what space I want to be working in and creating change. It also showed me how much learning I have yet to do, so I’m leaving this experience even more passionate and excited!

Paris Mordecai, FYA

It was a very welcoming environment at KCLS and it was so rewarding to get good outcomes for the clients. It was great to develop friendships and work relationships that are meaningful.

Kira Clark, KCLS