While completing my Law and International Development degrees I always wanted to do an Aurora internship and it was once I graduated that I found the time. I did my internship with Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV).
My six weeks spent at Aboriginal Victoria (AV) via the Aurora Internship Program was more rewarding than I could have imagined.
When I received the email that the Aurora Project had successfully placed me with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), I was excited. I was very aware of the reputation VACCHO carries, and the esteem in which it’s held community.
After completing a legal unit on comparative Indigenous rights early in 2017, I was eager to learn more about how the law regarding native title functioned in Victoria. The Aurora internship gave me the perfect opportunity to follow this interest.
Nearing the completion of my Development Studies degree, I was eager to gain workplace experience in order to see how I may apply the skills I’ve developed over the course of my degree within the real-world context, as well as making myself more employable upon completion of my degree.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Aurora Internship Program and would recommend this to anyone who wants to gain more experience within their field.
Being an international student, I applied for the Aurora Internship Program with little hope to get selected: I feared that organizations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island affairs would not consider to take on board a person who is not from Australia, like me.
Native title law is incredibly complicated and fraught. It carries with it a history of oppression that permeates its operation at every turn.