Hannah Anderson

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Native Title
Location: 
Cairns
Round: 
Summer 2016

My experience as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program was above and beyond what I had expected. During my time at Cape York Land Council (CYLC), I had the opportunity to observe and support some of the work that the Native Title Unit does in the Far North Queensland region.

While I did work that fell within a conventional legal internship, such as legal research, data entry, drafting documents and administrative tasks, I was also able to work on tasks such as cataloguing anthropological resources, proof reading anthologists’  reports and collating lists of key historical and anthropological resources. Although I hadn’t expected to experience this, it gave me a much better understanding of the importance of a collaborative approach when working in this area and was something I hadn’t known I was interested in until I had the chance to learn more. 

Being based in south-east Queensland, it was great to be able to travel to Cairns to be able to do my placement. While I was based in Cairns, I learnt a lot very quickly about the diversity of the communities and scope of the landscape in the Far North Queensland region. I also enjoyed being a tourist on weekends and having the opportunity to see some of the beautiful natural sights in the area- between the rainforest, waterfalls and the reef, there was always something to see or do!

During my time as an Aurora intern, I was fortunate enough to attend an on-country meeting in Laura and an Introduction to Native Title Anthropology conference in Perth, run by Aurora. These experiences were invaluable in developing my understanding of how the concepts I had learnt at university were applied when working in the sector and gave me a new appreciation for the background work that is involved in preparing and processing a claim for native title.  Having the opportunity to talk to other Aurora interns about their experiences has also opened my eyes to the range of exciting opportunities I had previously been unaware of. Prior to this experience, I hadn’t considered the practical difficulties distance and the different ethical considerations for anthropologists and lawyers roles caused.

Although no new determinations were made during my time at CYLC, I was able to see the reactions of Traditional Owners when their native title rights were officially recognized when my supervisor invited me to watch the commemorative DVD. This introduced a much more personal aspect that I won’t forget when reading case law in future.

Participating in an Aurora internship was one of the best experiences I’ve had during my studies. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking to apply the concepts they’ve studied, considering pursuing a career in this sector and keen to have an invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from experienced practitioners. The support I received from the Aurora Project and staff at Cape York Land Council meant that I had a fantastic experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and staff went out of their way to ensure I gained as much as possible from the experience.

My time as an Aurora intern was highly rewarding on both a professional and personal level. My experience at Cape York Land Council has encouraged me to pursue a career in this sector and also given me a far better understanding of Australian landscape, Indigenous people and challenges experienced by stakeholders in the native title sector.

The Aurora Internship Program offers internships in both the winter and the summer university breaks for between 4-6 weeks. If you would like to learn more about the the Program, check out their website: http://www.auroraproject.com.au/aurorainternshipprogram.  Applications for the summer 2016/17 round of internships will be open in August.

My experience as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program was above and beyond what I had expected. During my time at Cape York Land Council (CYLC), I had the opportunity to observe and support some of the work that the Native Title Unit does in the Far North Queensland region.

While I did work that fell within a conventional legal internship, such as legal research, data entry, drafting documents and administrative tasks, I was also able to work on tasks such as cataloguing anthropological resources, proof reading anthologists’  reports and collating lists of key historical and anthropological resources. Although I hadn’t expected to experience this, it gave me a much better understanding of the importance of a collaborative approach when working in this area and was something I hadn’t known I was interested in until I had the chance to learn more. 

Being based in south-east Queensland, it was great to be able to travel to Cairns to be able to do my placement. While I was based in Cairns, I learnt a lot very quickly about the diversity of the communities and scope of the landscape in the Far North Queensland region. I also enjoyed being a tourist on weekends and having the opportunity to see some of the beautiful natural sights in the area- between the rainforest, waterfalls and the reef, there was always something to see or do!

During my time as an Aurora intern, I was fortunate enough to attend an on-country meeting in Laura and an Introduction to Native Title Anthropology conference in Perth, run by Aurora. These experiences were invaluable in developing my understanding of how the concepts I had learnt at university were applied when working in the sector and gave me a new appreciation for the background work that is involved in preparing and processing a claim for native title.  Having the opportunity to talk to other Aurora interns about their experiences has also opened my eyes to the range of exciting opportunities I had previously been unaware of. Prior to this experience, I hadn’t considered the practical difficulties distance and the different ethical considerations for anthropologists and lawyers roles caused.

Although no new determinations were made during my time at CYLC, I was able to see the reactions of Traditional Owners when their native title rights were officially recognized when my supervisor invited me to watch the commemorative DVD. This introduced a much more personal aspect that I won’t forget when reading case law in future.

Participating in an Aurora internship was one of the best experiences I’ve had during my studies. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking to apply the concepts they’ve studied, considering pursuing a career in this sector and keen to have an invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from experienced practitioners. The support I received from the Aurora Project and staff at Cape York Land Council meant that I had a fantastic experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and staff went out of their way to ensure I gained as much as possible from the experience.

My time as an Aurora intern was highly rewarding on both a professional and personal level. My experience at Cape York Land Council has encouraged me to pursue a career in this sector and also given me a far better understanding of Australian landscape, Indigenous people and challenges experienced by stakeholders in the native title sector.

The Aurora Internship Program offers internships in both the winter and the summer university breaks for between 4-6 weeks. If you would like to learn more about the the Program, check out their website: http://www.auroraproject.com.au/aurorainternshipprogram.  Applications for the summer 2016/17 round of internships will be open in August.