What Indigenous interns say

I feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity to give back to a place that has unconditionally supported me over the past 7 years, as I know that the work I have done throughout my internship is valuable, and makes a difference to other Indigenous students. Aurora somewhat feels like a second family, and by doing this internship, and meeting more of the team, I feel like my family and support system has extended. I loved feeling part of something special and working with an incredible team that make magic happen. Aurora makes a huge difference in so many students' lives, because what you do best, above all else, is believe in and support us unconditionally.

Oceania Henry, TAI - Camps

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

The placement at AFLS continues to enrich my understanding of the struggles that Aboriginal people encounter here in Kununurra and in the Kimberley as a whole.

Hayden Walker, AFLS

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

I was exposed to a work environment in the city. I gained an understanding of what it was like to live in the metro area and participating in a more developed organization that managed smaller and broader indigenous services in health in Western Australia.  Overall it has been a unique experience for me personally and one I will remember.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA

My experience at SNAICC was well worthwhile as I not only learnt more about research, policy and working as part of an organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but made many new friends along the way. I feel like I truly contributed to the fundamental and vital work being done by SNAICC for our children so that they can grow up feeling important, safe and strong in culture.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

I have really enjoyed Susan’s company, and have learned so much from her during my internship. I am extremely grateful for the time we’ve had together, and for the opportunity.

Ruby Langton-Batty, Susan Phillips

The most rewarding aspects of my internship was being able to gain some first-hand experience in the field of work that I am interested in and get a better understanding of how organisations in the Indigenous sector operate. This has been an amazing way for me to figure out which direction I want to go in my career.

Lucy Tierney, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

Being Torres Strait Islander, the most rewarding aspects were interning in an environment where people looked, sounded and thought like me. People knew how to pronounce my surname! It was really amazing being immersed in my culture and I learnt so much. It was incredibly affirming work, and the role and aspirations of GBK aligned with my values too. It was a privilege to meet and work with the team. The internship demonstrated the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care about you, your culture and living life at a slower pace.  The best aspect was being able to connect with powerful First Nations' organisations who are doing the ground work in their communities.

Kathryn Dorante, GBK

Conducting an internship at the Alliance (and VACCHO) opened by eyes up in the Indigenous health and policy sector. I was exposed to the multitude of amazing things that VACCHO do throughout Victoria for Aboriginal people, and had the privilege to meet so many talented and passionate people here. My work for the Alliance taught me about the importance of advocacy in policy and program development, especially in the Aboriginal out-of-home-care sphere.  The funding enables Indigenous individuals who may come from low-socioeconomic / under-resourced backgrounds to gain experiences with these organisations, which they may not have the chance to without the support of Aurora.

Makayla Jennings, VACCHO