What Indigenous interns say

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

My expectations were 100% exceeded. I went from initially asking if i could reduce my internship feeling overwhelmed (after the first day) to not only doing a 6-week internship but am now staying on to do casual work as a paralegal.  I saw first-hand what kind of lawyer I aspire to be. Overall, I was proud of myself for stepping up and seeing through my internship, and gaining knowledge and confidence to do tasks.  This has positively impacted not only myself but has been beneficial to my studies.  I am also thankful for the support the Aurora staff provided.

Ricki-Lee Walley, KCLS

Being in a remote community is yet to be one of the biggest challenges I have accomplished throughout my studies. I was challenged mentally and emotionally, whilst learning about the challenges faced within the community, both past and present, as well as gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural issues that are evident in the community. By completing my internship at the Wadeye Safe House, I have been able to continue developing my personal toolkit in which I look forward to using once completing studies.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

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 and learnt a lot whilst on placement at VACCHO, throughout my placement I was exposed to various learning experiences and opportunities, which provided me with greater knowledge, motivation and inspiration when it comes to health policy and Indigenous affairs.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

I’m exceptionally grateful to the Aurora Internship Program for giving me the opportunity to further my career and network.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

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

Overall I feel very lucky to be involved in the Aurora Internship Program and am glad that I have been able to make a contribution to Food Ladder. 

Faith Considine, Food Ladder

The support I received from Aurora was phenomenal in organising the travel and accommodation for my placement. It’s such an amazing program and I will happily urge anyone interested to apply. Thanks so much for such an amazing experience. It has motivated to pursue a career that helps people.

Zac Fraser, TSRA

My placement has made me feel like I have really contributed to the work they are and will continue to be doing when I leave, while valuing my opinion for future resources to benefit Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children in child protection.   I have learnt so much not only about policy research but about what it means to have a full time 9-5 working job which has been a great learning experience.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC