I decided to study Arts and Law at Monash University because I wanted my professional career to contribute towards fostering a society that is inclusive, respectful and empowering. Therefore, when I heard about the Aurora Internship Program, it seemed not only like a great way to gain legal experience, but also to undertake work in a field that aligns with my personal values in an area that I am passionate about. The Aurora Internship Program provides University students and graduates with the opportunity to undertake an internship in a Host organisation that operates in the Indigenous sector, focused on bolstering an understanding of the rights and experiences of Indigenous Australian communities and individuals. It also offer opportunities to Indigenous interns to be hosted outside of the sector.
I was lucky enough to be placed within the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) organisation that sits within the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Unit within the School of Population and Global Health, Centre for Health Equity. ATNS is focused on empowering Traditional Owners to be equipped with a wealth of information and knowledge regarding agreement making processes and practices, including in the area of native title. Throughout the internship I focused on keeping the database up to date by completing case notes and summarising Native Title Consent Determinations and Indigenous Land Use Agreements. However, I also got the opportunity to partake in group research tasks, including one on the recent stolen wages class action in Queensland. The team at ATNS were incredibly supportive and welcoming, and really encouraged the interns to pursue projects related to our particular passions and areas of interest. Having always believed throughout University that I would potentially like to pursue a career in native title and land rights, having such a positive internship experience really affirmed this career goal for me.
In having had such a wonderful experience through Aurora, I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested that they should apply for the program. More information about the Aurora Internship Program can be found on their website at: https://www.auroraproject.com.au/what-aurora-internship. Applications for the winter 2021 round will be open from Monday the 8th of March through to Friday the 26th of March.