What Indigenous interns say

This experience has really highlighted the inequities and systemic problems that underline the current system and continue to further the disproportionate over-representation of Indigenous children in the child protection area. Following my internship, I actually have a greater sense of pride in my cultural identity and feel more empowered to advocate in this area.

 

Sophie Heath, SNAICC

The most rewarding aspect of my internships was learning new skills and being exposed to experienced professionals and possible job opportunities.

Hope Saba, First Peoples Health Unit

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

Over the course of the placement I have gained a new found appreciation of the just how challenging and technical native title law is. It has been a pleasure to assist the Senator with his endeavors for better reform in this space. I have also learnt more about some of the political processes that happen behind the scenes. This has been a valuable insight for someone who is interested in a career in policy.  Reflecting back on the experience in its entirety, I have certainly gained a confirmation that I want to work in the Indigenous sector. I have been challenged and inspired by many of the people I have met working in this space. I would like to thank Aurora for organising such an amazing placement.

Tyrone Kelly, Office of Senator Dodson

Every step of the way I have felt as if I am a part of the team and have been trusted with a host of different media and comms work including: writing up media releases, social media engagement, assisting with events etc.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

I really enjoyed working in Family Law team & they were a fantastic group of individuals. I learnt a great deal about how the Family Law sector worked, how much impact the Department of Child Safety known as DCP in Western Australia has on the lives of Indigenous people & what that has meant for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders people not just in Western Australia but Australia in general.

Fiona Middleton-Gala, Social Work intern, ALSWA

The projects I was involved in really complemented each other, and my learning very well. They seemed perfectly tailored to me - not only did I use most of the subjects/skills learned in my recent degree, but working on the mental health commission project helped give me a better understanding of the field I am returning to.

Ruby Warber, 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

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)

Conducting an internship at the Alliance (and VACCHO) opened by eyes up in the Indigenous health and policy sector. I was exposed to the multitude of amazing things that VACCHO do throughout Victoria for Aboriginal people, and had the privilege to meet so many talented and passionate people here. My work for the Alliance taught me about the importance of advocacy in policy and program development, especially in the Aboriginal out-of-home-care sphere.  The funding enables Indigenous individuals who may come from low-socioeconomic / under-resourced backgrounds to gain experiences with these organisations, which they may not have the chance to without the support of Aurora.

Makayla Jennings, VACCHO