What Indigenous interns say

My time spent at CSYW gave me the opportunity to work across all teams within the organisation. Each day was different in its own right, my assigned tasks were varied, and I came across some unique experiences when working with young people and their families.

Jenaya Emzin-Smith, YJ

My experience at SNAICC has been eye opener for me, being a community sector worker and now seeing through difference lens of Indigenous Affairs around 'children rights' for families and communities.

Sherilee Kartinyeri, SNAICC

My time at NAAJA has been invaluable and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to come back one day!

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

It was such a fantastic experience. The people who I worked alongside the entire time I was there, were so generous with their time, treated me like a fellow worker, and allowed me to grow so much over the five and a half weeks. I will definitely be staying in touch with all of them and I'm looking forward to working with them in the future, hopefully on one of my own projects.

Julia Moriarty, Lingo Pictures

I experienced many firsts including the highs of bringing people back to life and the lows of suicide and fatal MVA’s.  Along the way St Johns continually providing essential peer support services to our entire team.   It has been a hugely surreal journey to have experienced but one I continue to reflect on.   

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

Overall, I had an invaluable experience. Most importantly, the experience turned my mind to: how ‘rights’ which Aboriginal people have gained in the western legal system can be used effectively and to their benefit into the future.

Bridget Cama, NLC

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

Being an intern at WEHI has broaden my knowledge on both science and lab work.

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

I have also had the opportunity to spend time with many other members of the research team and learn about their work. This has been such a valuable opportunity and I have really appreciated the time and insights that they have given me. I have learnt many skills that I will take with me and be able to apply to my future career.

Sarah Munns, Telethon

Aurora is a program that can shape more than just 6 weeks, it can end up giving you opportunities that will shape the next years of your life and your career prospects. The wealth of knowledge and experience I gained through this internship is something I will always be thankful for and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Without the support and NIAA funding provided by Aurora, this opportunity would not have been possible, as well as the accommodation contacts they provided prior to beginning my internship.

Bronte Gosper, Ken Wyatt