What Indigenous interns say

I was able to experience what native title law is compared to studying the theory of it at University. I enjoyed working alongside passionate lawyers and meeting traditional owners.

Mikaela French, CYLC

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

I have learnt a lot whilst completing my internship at AV, being able to sit in on executive team meetings has given me a valuable understanding into the processes of governments. Furthermore, working within the treaty team has given me a unique insight into the current treaty process in Victoria.  My internship at AV has also provided the opportunity to develop substantive legal skills and connect the theory and practice of law by experiencing the law in practice outside of the classroom and textbooks.  Finally, whilst at AV I have been able to strengthen existing relationships as well as form new ones with the Victorian Aboriginal community. Much like the rest of Aboriginal Australia, my community has been encouraged by the treaty discussions in Victoria and will be keeping a close watch on the process.

Clinton Benjamin, AV (formerly OAAV)

It has been one of the most rewarding and uplifting experiences I have encountered, the culture and inspiration I have gained from being here has been immense.

Taylor McLean, St John Ambulance

Interning with TJC has given me a better understanding of IP law generally. I have also gained a better understanding of the need for evidence, and how that can pose difficulties.  Overall, interning with TJC was incredibly enriching both personally and professionally.

Rub Langton-Batty, Terri Janke

I could see how TAI was empowering, engaging and supporting Indigenous youth and helping them realise and achieve their potential academically and culturally.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

Being Torres Strait Islander, the most rewarding aspects were interning in an environment where people looked, sounded and thought like me. People knew how to pronounce my surname! It was really amazing being immersed in my culture and I learnt so much. It was incredibly affirming work, and the role and aspirations of GBK aligned with my values too. It was a privilege to meet and work with the team. The internship demonstrated the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care about you, your culture and living life at a slower pace.  The best aspect was being able to connect with powerful First Nations' organisations who are doing the ground work in their communities.

Kathryn Dorante, GBK

Through learning and engaging with the work conducted at Lowitja I gained new skills and important information regarding the Indigenous health sector and my internship has widened and expanded my view on policy and research.  My time at Lowitja had expanded my knowledge and understanding of Indigenous health research and the work put into producing Indigenous health research reports for policy action. I believe that this would be an enriching learning experience for any Mob interested in a career in policy or in the Indigenous health research sector.

Makalie Owens, Lowitja

I have had a great time at the NNTT. The staff have been absolutely fantastic - so warm and welcoming. The work has been interesting and varied and, while I sometimes still feel lost, I've learned so much during my time here.

David Hinder, NNTT

Overall, my experience with AIDA is indescribable as I would do it again in a heartbeat. The staff that I met in the short amount of time made me feel at home and not only did they allow me to unlock my full potential, they opened more doors of opportunity for my future.

Brianna St John, AIDA