What Indigenous interns say

The Aurora Internship Program has been a fantastic introduction to full time research and I am honoured to be an Aurora alumni member.

Barbara Bynder, NULUNGU

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

This placement has truly given me insight into how I can shape my future practice to help remove obstacles which prevent patients from getting adequate health care.

Hannah Wood, Lions

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

When I graduate at the end of 2019 my goal is to be doing my honours at WEHI. This is something I had never thought about, so the last 5 weeks has changed my life. The advice I have gained will have a forever lasting effect on me.     

Stacy Rankin, WEHI

I am in awe of the commitment of Key Assets to the wellbeing and care of the children they provide services to. It was a great insight into what I can expect in the future when I am qualified. I am very grateful to have had the experience and would highly recommend Aurora internships to those wanting to gain some experience in their chosen field.

Aaron Taylor, Key Assets

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)

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

My time with AIDA has gone but it has been the catalyst for many changes in my life direction and the most formative experience for me personally, since making the decision to go back to study.

Christine Torcetti, AIDA

This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have been fortunate enough to be a part of.  Overall I have found this internship to be extremely rewarding as I have learned a lot in a short period of time and hopefully I can come back to YMAC for another stint with this amazing team.

Duane Kelly, YMAC