What Indigenous interns say

My expectations of the internship experience were greatly exceeded. I have completed work experience multiple times in the past and was never given tasks that required responsibility and decision-making. The tasks I was delegated at Aurora were meaningful and I was often asked for my inputs and opinions when the team was making important decisions.

It has helped me grow professionally and personally. I think I have learnt a lot of valuable things that will assist me with my future studies.

Gemma Pol, AEF

The entire experience has equipped me with valuable social work skills. I have had the opportunity to build professional relationships, created opportunities to network and was always encouraged to talk about Aboriginal culture. The internship has provided real hands on practical workplace experience. Key Assets is an inclusive and culturally safe workplace environment. Overall, I found the work to be a rewarding and enriching experience.

Jaala Ozies, Key Assets

It was an opportunity to work in a sector that I was interested in, but had no experience with. The internship allowed me to decide that native title is a field that I'd like to work in.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

This I can honestly say has been the most influential experiences I have had in regards to professional and personal development. As an Indigenous physiotherapy student, I have always sought to steer my practice towards promoting Indigenous healthcare and throughout my time with the FPHU, my motivation and aspirations have only risen.  This internship has nurtured my development as a student and has really re-charged my batteries that were going a bit flat after three years of studying, but now I am more pumped than ever, looking in to the future and seeing the many opportunities available to me.

Matthew Hoffman, First Peoples Health Unit

Interning at VACCHO has presented me with so many great learning opportunities and greater insight into Indigenous affairs and policy. This internship has given me enough insight, experience, motivation and inspiration to want to pursue a career into policy for Indigenous equality, so again thank you Aurora for your constant support throughout.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

The most rewarding time I had at Danila Dilba Health Service was to see how the service has the ability to save lives. People who are disengaged with main stream health care are contacted by Danila Dilba to provide essential services. There is a partnership between Danila Dilba and ATSI people that has been established over a long time and I enjoyed to see on a daily basis the trust and respect that the service has to keep safe and protect ATSI people.

Kristina Zillhardt, DDHS

Overall I have learnt so much about native title, which is amazing because I did already think that I had a thorough understanding. I have also had real insight into the difficulties of this space, particularly being an Indigenous person in this space. Also working in native title, I realise how valuable the work is and how unique my perspective is.  All in all, a fabulous experience.

Alexandra Hohoi, NQLC

My placement has made me feel like I have really contributed to the work they are and will continue to be doing when I leave, while valuing my opinion for future resources to benefit Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children in child protection.   I have learnt so much not only about policy research but about what it means to have a full time 9-5 working job which has been a great learning experience.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

I have developed a deeper interest in native title as a potential career option.   The most rewarding aspect was the knowledge that the work that I was doing was contributing to assisting Indigenous people to claim native title interests in land, and manage those claims and how native title works in practice. 

Mollie O'Connor, QSNTS

I particularly love that Aurora offers placements for the program in my field of profession. Social sciences is not as common amongst other foundations which do the same line of work as Aurora, so that factor alone stood out to me. The other great thing was having such a diverse and vast range of host organisations to choose from, and being able to choose. I also thought the support was great, and appreciated replies to my weekly reports, and fast replies.

Sharna Willie, ALRC