In October and November of 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) in Perth. I applied through the Aurora Internship Program – a program which allows law, anthropology and some social science students and graduates to intern for five to six weeks at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs), Indigenous corporations, government bodies, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. The purpose of this internship is for interns to help these often under-resourced organisations.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at YMAC and I would definitely recommend anyone interested in Aboriginal affairs and social justice to apply for an Aurora internship. I learnt so much and I wish it lasted longer. YMAC is the NTRB for the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia (For more information: http://ymac.org.au/) During my five weeks at YMAC, I mainly worked with three anthropologists on the existing Gnulli and Nanda native title claims. I was assigned to various tasks including conducting archival research at the State Library of Western Australia, auditing a site register, editing a connection report, transcribing audio tapes and taking minutes at family meetings. One of the highlights of working at YMAC was meeting the claimants of a native title claim and hearing their stories.
I feel incredibly privileged to have worked with my supervisors and colleagues who are filled with passion and determination to see through each claim. I gained invaluable experience in introductory native title research and I am very interested in pursuing a career in the field.