What Indigenous interns say

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’m exceptionally grateful to the Aurora Internship Program for giving me the opportunity to further my career and network.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

The placement at AFLS continues to enrich my understanding of the struggles that Aboriginal people encounter here in Kununurra and in the Kimberley as a whole.

Hayden Walker, AFLS

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 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

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

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

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

The Aurora program is water tight! Your care and concern for all interns is astounding. I just want to express my deepest gratitude for the experience. The best aspects were meeting other interns and exposure to the native title and land rights sector.

Militza Banach-Wightman, FNLRS (formerly NTSV)

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