What Indigenous interns say

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

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 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

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

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

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

I found the experience to be invaluable. I truly feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to work with such inspirational people doing such tremendous work for our children and community.

Breeana Parsons, AbSec

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

I learnt a lot about native title and the people represented in a short period of time. It gave me ideas about employment opportunities both in and outside of native title, valuable contacts, and a better understanding of what professional anthropologists actually do.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

The First Peoples Health Unit is an amazing organisation, with all the people involved so passionate about Indigenous health, academic achievements and belonging. The most rewarding aspects of my placement was the cultural knowledge I was able to gain from speaking to other Indigenous people, attending cultural tours and simply researching the area of cultural safety.  It showed me how crucial and important Indigenous research on health was to closing the gap.  As I am Indigenous myself, it allowed me to be more in touch with my heritage and allowed me to feel connected to other Aboriginal people and the environment in a way I have never felt before, and I am extremely grateful for that. It has improved my confidence, social skills and overall development as a person after gaining so much cultural knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture. I gained much more than just professional experience.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

This I can honestly say has been the most influential experiences I have had in regards to professional and personal development. As an Indigenous physiotherapy student, I have always sought to steer my practice towards promoting Indigenous healthcare and throughout my time with the FPHU, my motivation and aspirations have only risen.  This internship has nurtured my development as a student and has really re-charged my batteries that were going a bit flat after three years of studying, but now I am more pumped than ever, looking in to the future and seeing the many opportunities available to me.

Matthew Hoffman, First Peoples Health Unit