What Indigenous interns say

I am glad I had a chance to gain placement there and see how researchers operate and to witness how theory gets tested methodically and how science underpins evidence, testing and findings. I could see myself contributing to a field and networking from different areas and through various services.  Thankyou Aurora. Eternally grateful for the experience and opportunity. I loved it!

Jaye Lee Snowden, Telethon

I have learnt a lot whilst completing my internship at AV, being able to sit in on executive team meetings has given me a valuable understanding into the processes of governments. Furthermore, working within the treaty team has given me a unique insight into the current treaty process in Victoria.  My internship at AV has also provided the opportunity to develop substantive legal skills and connect the theory and practice of law by experiencing the law in practice outside of the classroom and textbooks.  Finally, whilst at AV I have been able to strengthen existing relationships as well as form new ones with the Victorian Aboriginal community. Much like the rest of Aboriginal Australia, my community has been encouraged by the treaty discussions in Victoria and will be keeping a close watch on the process.

Clinton Benjamin, AV (formerly OAAV)

Overall, I enjoyed my 6-week Aurora internship at Arts Law and believe that this experience has allowed me to further develop and gain skills, which will assist with my professional development

Sharna White, ALCA

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

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 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

My time at NAAJA has been invaluable and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to come back one day!

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA

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

I cannot put into words how thankful I am to the Aurora Internship Program providing this opportunity.  As a clinical placement, I completed 240 hours on-road, the most educational time I have had to date.  As a cultural experience it has opened up my eyes to the needs of Aboriginal Australia and the traditions still lived by our first people.  As a personal experience and as an Aboriginal woman, from a comparatively privileged background, it has been sad, happy, exciting, educational and unforgettable. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

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