What Indigenous interns say

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

I’ve learnt so much and feel that I have a clear direction to head in. Thankyou Terri for an awesome experience…

David Wenitong, Terri Janke

Overall I have learnt so much about native title, which is amazing because I did already think that I had a thorough understanding. I have also had real insight into the difficulties of this space, particularly being an Indigenous person in this space. Also working in native title, I realise how valuable the work is and how unique my perspective is.  All in all, a fabulous experience.

Alexandra Hohoi, NQLC

This I can honestly say has been the most influential experiences I have had in regards to professional and personal development. As an Indigenous physiotherapy student, I have always sought to steer my practice towards promoting Indigenous healthcare and throughout my time with the FPHU, my motivation and aspirations have only risen.  This internship has nurtured my development as a student and has really re-charged my batteries that were going a bit flat after three years of studying, but now I am more pumped than ever, looking in to the future and seeing the many opportunities available to me.

Matthew Hoffman, First Peoples Health Unit

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

QSNTS has a wonderful working environment and all Aurora Interns who have the privilege of working there will feel supported, valued and have an all around great experience!

Laura MacColl, QSNTS

Over my short four weeks, I have strengthened my knowledge of the criminal justice system and learned how ACT policy differs from Victoria. It has definitely reinforced my aspiration to choose a career pathway in this field – which is one of the key things I wanted to gain out of the placement.

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

I love that there are so many Koori orgs that Aurora is partnered with. Aurora makes it easy for mob (and non-Indigenous people) to become engaged in the Aboriginal sector.

Olivia Bentley, VU Moondani Balluk

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

The most rewarding aspect of the internship was being able to assist a small Indigenous owned law firm properly service Indigenous clients.

Jahmillah Johnson, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd