What Indigenous interns say

The Aurora program is water tight! Your care and concern for all interns is astounding. I just want to express my deepest gratitude for the experience. The best aspects were meeting other interns and exposure to the native title and land rights sector.

Militza Banach-Wightman, FNLRS (formerly NTSV)

Being an intern at WEHI has broaden my knowledge on both science and lab work.

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

I have had a great time at the NNTT. The staff have been absolutely fantastic - so warm and welcoming. The work has been interesting and varied and, while I sometimes still feel lost, I've learned so much during my time here.

David Hinder, NNTT

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

My learning has been very rich indeed in terms of looking back at history how it has created policy and legislation and where we as a Nation are sitting and where do we go from here. 

Kizzy Smith, DLGSCI-ACHWA

Highlights were gaining hands-on practical skills, creating professional networking opportunities and developing positive work ethics and professional identity. 

Allison Morgan, WGN

My internship and ongoing paid work has been an incredible time of growth for me as a future professional in the health field. I have also realised that I already possess many skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workplace, such as communication skills, and an ability to connect with Indigenous clients and organisations. This has given me great confidence in my ability to be a member of a workplace associated with Indigenous health.

Caleb Rivers, AHCWA

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

The entire experience has equipped me with valuable social work skills. I have had the opportunity to build professional relationships, created opportunities to network and was always encouraged to talk about Aboriginal culture. The internship has provided real hands on practical workplace experience. Key Assets is an inclusive and culturally safe workplace environment. Overall, I found the work to be a rewarding and enriching experience.

Jaala Ozies, Key Assets

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