What Indigenous interns say

I’ve had such a good time learning the practice of native title first hand. It has really solidified the concepts and has been interesting to see how they work in practice. It’s definitely been the best work experience I have been involved in at uni and has made me really keen to practice native title in my career.

Zachary Fraser, TSRA

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

My internship has played a huge part in validating my degree choice and helped me to focus on a clear path toward working in Indigenous education. As an Aboriginal woman, it was wonderful to be involved in a program where culture is the foundation.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

As a proud Nywaigi woman from QLD, I have seen little to no cross over between my academic study and my culture. It wasn’t until my time at AbSec that I learnt how to incorporate the voices of Aboriginal people in decisions affecting Aboriginal people.  This 4-week internship was short and sweet but was the most rewarding part of my university studies and experiences so far.

Madison Cassady, AbSec

Interning with TJC has given me a better understanding of IP law generally. I have also gained a better understanding of the need for evidence, and how that can pose difficulties.  Overall, interning with TJC was incredibly enriching both personally and professionally.

Rub Langton-Batty, Terri Janke

This experience has had a significant impact on myself by strengthening my passions to give back to community, to foster the excellence of our young people, and to be active in the development of our future leaders and change makers. It was also a really enriching experience personally as I was able to come to a greater sense of my Indigeneity through knowledge-sharing with the students.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

My time with AIDA has gone but it has been the catalyst for many changes in my life direction and the most formative experience for me personally, since making the decision to go back to study.

Christine Torcetti, AIDA

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

The most rewarding aspect of my placement with FYA was working with young, blak mob.  Being able to travel to Broome was also an unbelievable experience and a seminal moment in my life, due to the powerful on-country learning and opportunity to attend the National Native Title Country.   The internship completely aligned with my interests and passions.  The scholarship was also extremely appreciated as it meant I was able to support myself while undertaking an experience that I believe has had an immense and indelible effect on my career-planning and life direction more generally.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

This experience has been invaluable, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an isolated area with a demographic unlike anywhere else in Australia. This experience has been unlike any other as I have been able to support the demographic of Darwin who are largely Indigenous. This has not only increased my confidence and ability as a paramedic, but also as a person. The confidence I have gained on this internship is one I hope to carry with me as a graduate paramedic.

Sarah Evans, St John Ambulance