What Indigenous interns say

I believe the experience that I gained while undertaking this placement was the most rewarding aspect. I was able to go into the placement wanting the practical experience of working and came out of the placement having gained this!

Aniesha Ah see, TRANBY

Ninti brought me right in on their projects and gave me some core work, which was amazing!  This experience has taught me more about how Government contracts and research from universities get rolled out in communities through NGOs.

Vanessa Farrelly, Ninti One

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

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

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

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

The Aurora Internship Program I feel ensures Indigenous organisations from around Australia can access help and support in a professional and meaningful way of capacity building regional and urban areas while also providing significant lifetime experiences for undergraduate and post graduate students.

Vincent Backhaus, TSM

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

This internship allowed me the opportunity to learn from some amazing and highly skilled researchers every day. Not only did I learn a great deal more about Native Title and the work that anthropologists in this field do, I also learnt and began to develop practical skills on the job that I will take with me and will continue to build upon. Further, this placement helped me develop a clearer vision of which direction to head in regards to my future studies. This experience in a sense also reignited that spark within me to continue on this journey that I am on.

Andrew Coe, QSNTS

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