What Indigenous interns say

Being Torres Strait Islander, the most rewarding aspects were interning in an environment where people looked, sounded and thought like me. People knew how to pronounce my surname! It was really amazing being immersed in my culture and I learnt so much. It was incredibly affirming work, and the role and aspirations of GBK aligned with my values too. It was a privilege to meet and work with the team. The internship demonstrated the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care about you, your culture and living life at a slower pace.  The best aspect was being able to connect with powerful First Nations' organisations who are doing the ground work in their communities.

Kathryn Dorante, GBK

The Aurora Internship Program has been a fantastic introduction to full time research and I am honoured to be an Aurora alumni member.

Barbara Bynder, NULUNGU

I feel the internship has given valuable experience to feel more prepared graduating. I think it would have been difficult to transition graduating and having a degree but no experience.

Kerri Simpson, MUS

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

I had a great time interning with the friendly and supportive people at Marrawah Law. I have developed my skills in working more flexibly from home, gained a wealth of knowledge about native title law, made some great contacts and regenerated my passion for the law.

Jahmillah Johnson, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work at the National Justice Project and am incredibly privileged to be working at the National Justice Project alongside a team of people committed to promoting policy changes in onshore and offshore detention centres and correctional centres. 

Carly Baque, NJP

This experience has taught me so much about myself and where my arts can take me, which has been something I have been really needing these past few year.

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

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

I had a great experience and couldn't recommend it enough.  The most rewarding aspects were getting the opportunity to work with mob and give back to the community, as well as getting to use new skills and knowledge.  I ended up learning so much I never thought I could get a hang of.

Chenoa Masters, NCIE

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