What Indigenous interns say

I could not recommend this experience enough, the people at NQLC were extremely welcoming and helpful, the work was highly rewarding and it was all undertaken in an extremely beautiful part of the world.

Tyler O'Brien, NQLC

Being a social work intern in a legal office was a valuable experience for me personally, as I enjoyed working on matters relating to tenancy and also completing projects to assist KCLS with future matters. This experience also highlighted the intersection of different practice fields and the importance of cooperation and between these fields.

 

Kira Clark, KCLS

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

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

One of the best aspects of the Program was the assisted expenses I received as an Aboriginal person. It enabled me to stay in Canberra, otherwise I would not have been able to afford it. All the team at Aurora is friendly and easy to contact. I have also been offered on going paid part-time work.

Stevie Wappett, AIATSIS

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

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

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

This has been a tremendous time for me. Thank you Aurora.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA

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)

The month I spent at NAAJA was by far the most meaningful and interesting thing I have done during my law degree.  As I approach my final year of study, I have been inspired by the extremely passionate lawyers at NAAJA to seriously consider a career in criminal law, something of which if I am honest, had not given much thought of before I headed to Darwin.   Also, the financial support Aurora has provided me both with accommodation and during the internship has meant I was able to travel interstate to undertake an internship.

Matthew Williams, NAAJA