What Indigenous interns say

There were many rewarding moments, however being able to go on country and attend the claimant meetings were what I found most valuable and unforgettable.

Jessica Moody, KLC

I’m very proud and thankful that Aurora provided me the opportunity of the internship, it has been a highlight of my beginning baby lawyer career. 

Jessica Moody, KLC

Throughout my Internship, I was also able to explore my own cultural identity which has helped me to refine my practice framework and can assist me in future practice. I took away some important learnings and transferable skills from this experience.

Jenaya Emzin-Smith, YJ

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

The ability to have practical experience in the native title/Indigenous affairs areas provides a far greater learning experience in 4-6 weeks than could be achieved in the classroom. To do this while also providing support to potentially underfunded/staffed organisations is a privilege.

Jonathan Bean, YMAC

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

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 Project internship was an experience I am very grateful for. I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with and build friendships with the wonderful team at NASCA, working on some amazing projects for Indigenous youth at the same time. Being given this opportunity at the end of my first year of university was something I would never have expected and I have gained valuable work experience and met some great people along the way. Applying for the Aurora Project Internship Program was a challenge I am happy I took on and I highly recommend applying for the next round as it is something that will not be regretted.

Ayden Marzinotto, NASCA

It was an opportunity to work in a sector that I was interested in, but had no experience with. The internship allowed me to decide that native title is a field that I'd like to work in.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

One of the most rewarding aspects of my placement was experiencing a more practical side of what I'm currently studying. Studying Conservation Biology and Indigenous, History & Heritage, I really valued working with the Nyangumarta Rangers conducting projects within their IPA schedule. Working with Cultural Advisors and the rangers really gave me valuable insight into the inner-workings of Ranger work and their important role in conserving Country and practicing culture today. Collaborating with the Dept. of Parks & Wildlife and other scientific stakeholders whilst on-country at Anna Plains Station and 80 Mile Beach doing multiple tasks like turtle monitoring and escorting people on country were also a real highlights whilst undertaking my internship.

Nancy Murray, YMAC