What Indigenous interns say

My learning has been very rich indeed in terms of looking back at history how it has created policy and legislation and where we as a Nation are sitting and where do we go from here. 

Kizzy Smith, DLGSCI-ACHWA

The practical experiences I’ve gained is so valuable in helping me along with my study and I’ve also met people within different organisation that have referred me so I can gain employment and also further placement opportunities. I am very grateful for the experiences I’ve had on this journey. A valuable and enriching experience for us all.

Kellie Gibson, YJ

I cannot put into words how thankful I am to the Aurora Internship Program providing this opportunity.  As a clinical placement, I completed 240 hours on-road, the most educational time I have had to date.  As a cultural experience it has opened up my eyes to the needs of Aboriginal Australia and the traditions still lived by our first people.  As a personal experience and as an Aboriginal woman, from a comparatively privileged background, it has been sad, happy, exciting, educational and unforgettable. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

As an Aboriginal person, I have a passion for working with Aboriginal people, giving back to my community and working to make a difference. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn more about my culture, my country, my language and develop as a person. I have always been proud of my culture but have never felt ‘truly Indigenous’ because of my skin colour. I believe this experience has benefited me professionally as it has reaffirmed my pride and that I am Indigenous, which I believe will help me to relate to my Indigenous patients. My supervisor has really inspired me as a role model and I look forward to making a difference in my field.

Allison Morgan, WGN

The work I completed was not only challenging, but was tangibly related to ongoing projects at YMAC. Being able to situate my work in the broader context of the Native Title process gave me a better understanding of both the tasks and Native Title on the whole.

Jonathan Bean, YMAC

The five week internship for me has been the most enriching and rewarding experience while undertaking university studies.

Jaye Lee Snowden, Key Assets

The most rewarding aspects of my internship was being able to gain some first-hand experience in the field of work that I am interested in and get a better understanding of how organisations in the Indigenous sector operate. This has been an amazing way for me to figure out which direction I want to go in my career.

Lucy Tierney, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

Sad to see an end to what was an amazing internship. The people at Studio Hackett were a huge contribution to that. Ping pong games and staff meals still very strong and as enjoyable as ever. Thank you Aurora for providing such a mad, mad experience!

Zac Duczynski, Studio Hacket