Native title and Indigenous affairs has always been something I was interested in as a law/arts student, but a topic that in my opinion is never given enough attention in the units we study at university.
I applied to the Aurora Native Title Internship Program hoping to get placed with an organisation that could provide a medium to link my energy law studies with the native title laws.
The Aurora internship was an amazing experience. I knew little about native title before going into the internship and have finished with an understanding of corporate social responsibility, native title, Future Acts, heritage planning and all the politics involved with Aboriginal Corporations.
In November 2013, I was given the amazing opportunity by The Aurora Project to undertake a Native Title Internship at the National Native Tile Council (‘NNTC’) in Melbourne.
In June and July 2010, I undertook an Aurora native title internship at the National Native Title Council (‘NNTC’) in Melbourne. NNTC is a relatively new peak policy body that represents the views and positions of most of the Native Title Representative Bodies in Australia.
During February 2016, I was fortunate enough to complete an internship with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. I was involved in a research project aimed at commemorating Aboriginal people from Victoria who enlisted for service in WWI.
Little published information exists about the involvement of Indigenous Australians in World War I. A comprehensive record of the Aboriginal Victorians that served in the First World War is not readily available; their recorded histories are fragmented, incomplete, and are not collated.
The Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my Law degree.
I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Aurora Internship Program because of my interest in native title and Indigenous affairs.
During the 2017 mid-year break, I was fortunate enough to have been selected to undertake a legal internship at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) for five weeks as part of my involvement in the Aurora Internship Program.