What Indigenous interns say

The best aspects of the internship program was being able to extend my cultural knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced within our remote communities. This has motivated me to get more experience in cross-cultural communication and community development work.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

I have really enjoyed my time and all the people I have met and I hope to one day work with them in the future.

Kae Cox, Telethon

The Cultural Unit has enabled me to see the strength and power that culture can have in government organisations, as well as allowing me to further develop my knowledge and understanding of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture. This opportunity has truly been a substantial experience that exceeded my expectations and one that allowed me to reflect on my future career direction.

Jessica Laing, YJ

This experience has set up a pathway into my future that I was always keen on pursuing, but it has given me clarity and a realistic vision I can strive to pursue.  I honestly cannot thank Aurora enough for this opportunity and experience and generosity.

Jay Lee Snowden, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

The placement at AFLS continues to enrich my understanding of the struggles that Aboriginal people encounter here in Kununurra and in the Kimberley as a whole.

Hayden Walker, AFLS

The team environment and the workload was very comfortable and interesting. I anticipated a rather mundane data-heavy workload but this was contrasted by and influx of diverse, stimulating tasks and sophisticated lines of research inquiries. I felt greatly supported by my team and was made to feel safe in expressing my opinions and personally desired outcomes of my experience.  It was rewarding to feel valued by my team and contributing to the journey towards Indigenous advancement and the protection of cultural heritage.

Dakota Feirer, AIATSIS

I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to experience what it is like to work at an organisation that is doing so much to better the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Kae Cox, AHCWA

I have really enjoyed Susan’s company, and have learned so much from her during my internship. I am extremely grateful for the time we’ve had together, and for the opportunity.

Ruby Langton-Batty, Susan Phillips

As an Indigenous person I found it better to be placed with Indigenous people. I learnt more, and there was never a time where I was too shame to ask for help.  I like that it is paid internship, which helps me to stay in studies as a single mum.

Imogen Briston, AJU

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