Indigenous applicants

The Internship Program continues to focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander* students and graduates via Scholarship funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector.  We are also able to place Indigenous interns at a wide range of organisations, outside of the sector, so long as the placements are relevant to candidates’ study and career aspirations.  Funding comes to us via the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), formerly the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Culture and Capability Programme).

Eligibility and obligations:

  • We will accept applications from Indigenous candidates who are preferably in their 2nd year of study or above, or have graduated with an academic background in: business, education, health science, law, media/communications, psychology, social work and some social sciences (including anthropology, archaeology, cultural heritage and environmental management, Indigenous studies, history, human geography and sociology). There are also a handful of opportunities available to candidates with film, music and creative arts, as well as STEM related fields.
  • We place interns at organisations involved in native title, land rights, justice, policy and community development, health, social welfare and research as well as a handful in the arts/music industry, Australia wide. 
  • Internships will run for 4 to 6 weeks full-time, usually over the university breaks, with flexibility out of those timeframes for graduates.
  • Scholarships will cover the interns' daily living expenses and, in addition, travel and accommodation costs will be covered for away-from-home placements. Indigenous interns will receive Scholarships in the amount of:
    • $3,200 for a 4 week internship
    • $4,000 for a 5 week internship
    • $4,800 for a 6 week internship.
  • There may be Tax and Centrelink implications for Indigenous scholarship recipients, and we advise those candidates to seek advice from a tax consultant and Centrelink (see link to more information below)
  • Indigenous applicants will be assessed according to: their academic record; their demonstrated interest in social justice and/or the Indigenous sector; and their commitment to fulfilling their internship obligations. 
  • Indigenous applicants who are found to be eligible to be placed in a funded placement will be required to provide a declaration of Aboriginality and complete a  participant Eligibility Documentation form provided by the Department, prior to the interview round of the matching process.  

Please note that students who have taken up the ABSTUDY Residential Cost Option (and are not currently funded of Career Trackers) are encouraged to apply. 

Indigenous scholarship recipients will be required to complete an Aurora Commitment Statement which will include the following obligations to:

  • complete their internship in the confirmed timeframe
  • send weekly updates to Aurora
  • provide confirmation that their weekly installment payments have been received
  • provide receipts for larger expenses such as airfares and accommodation
  • complete the on-line Aurora Overview questionnaire at the end of their placement
  • write a 1 page reflection on their internship at the end of their placement
  • agree to promote the Program and their Host by committing to do a presentation at their university, or attending a Career Fair on our behalf (if possible)
  • commit to promoting the Program via the Indigenous Centre at your university as well as sharing the information with fellow Indigenous students.

Click here to read what past Indigenous interns have said about their placements.

Click here for information and advice in regards to Tax implications and Centrelink/ABSTUDY for all Indigenous Scholarship recipients.

Click here to download the flyer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Click here for information on how to apply*




*PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the website, the term "Indigenous" is used to describe Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.