As a penultimate year Commerce student it is almost impossible to ignore the general hype around finding ‘vac work’. It’s a key step in your career progression and the competition is cutthroat. But what if the ‘Big Four’ and the other usual suspects don’t entice?
This summer, I decided to flee the Brisbane heat and head down to Melbourne to complete a 6-week internship with the NNTC (National Native Title Council) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
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.
After completing an undergraduate Arts degree in 2011, the Aurora Native Title Internship Program provided a gateway to live and work in the remote NT community of Wadeye for 6 months. There I worked in the Safe House and lived with the crèche manager who was employed by the same service (CSSU).
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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.
There were three major reasons to why I applied for an Aurora internship at the beginning of 2016.
To complement my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I thought that it would useful to gain some work experience. I have always been interested in Indigenous affairs, so the Aurora Internship Program was an obvious choice for me.