Alicia Hancock

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Perth
Round: 
Winter 2016

Through my winter break I was given the opportunity to work at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for 5 weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Throughout my university career I have volunteered with numerous social justice organisations that focus on improving the lives of Aboriginal Australians. When I started my law degree in 2014, I knew I wanted to meld my passion for Aboriginal social justice and law together. The Program gave me the perfect opportunity to do this.

At GLSC I was able to gain hands on experience about what it is like to be a native title lawyer. Whilst working at GLSC I was given the opportunity to be involved in a variety of tasks, from lodging a High Court application book to working on internal researching. The best thing that has come from this internship has been the practical legal knowledge I have gained. My supervisors went above and beyond to teach me the fundamentals of legal writing, researching and drafting. These skills will be invaluable throughout my whole career.

Besides the practical skills that I have gained at GLSC, I was also fortunate enough to partake in Cultural Awareness Training. The training was extremely practical as it ran through ways in which a greater understanding of the Aboriginal culture is helpful within a work place.

Working at GLSC has been an incredible chance for me to assess where I want to take my career. Through the guidance of my amazing supervisors, I have been given a clear picture of how native title works. My supervisors gave me ample opportunities to network with people within the industry, which I believe was an invaluable bonus of this internship.

I would strongly urge everyone to partake in the Aurora internship, as it will never be something you regret.

Applications for summer 2016/17 internships through the Aurora Internship Program will be open from August 1 through August 26 2016. For more information, please visit: http://auroraproject.com.au/internship-program

 

 

Through my winter break I was given the opportunity to work at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC) for 5 weeks as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Throughout my university career I have volunteered with numerous social justice organisations that focus on improving the lives of Aboriginal Australians. When I started my law degree in 2014, I knew I wanted to meld my passion for Aboriginal social justice and law together. The Program gave me the perfect opportunity to do this.

At GLSC I was able to gain hands on experience about what it is like to be a native title lawyer. Whilst working at GLSC I was given the opportunity to be involved in a variety of tasks, from lodging a High Court application book to working on internal researching. The best thing that has come from this internship has been the practical legal knowledge I have gained. My supervisors went above and beyond to teach me the fundamentals of legal writing, researching and drafting. These skills will be invaluable throughout my whole career.

Besides the practical skills that I have gained at GLSC, I was also fortunate enough to partake in Cultural Awareness Training. The training was extremely practical as it ran through ways in which a greater understanding of the Aboriginal culture is helpful within a work place.

Working at GLSC has been an incredible chance for me to assess where I want to take my career. Through the guidance of my amazing supervisors, I have been given a clear picture of how native title works. My supervisors gave me ample opportunities to network with people within the industry, which I believe was an invaluable bonus of this internship.

I would strongly urge everyone to partake in the Aurora internship, as it will never be something you regret.

Applications for summer 2016/17 internships through the Aurora Internship Program will be open from August 1 through August 26 2016. For more information, please visit: http://auroraproject.com.au/internship-program