What Indigenous interns say

The most rewarding aspects of my placement was researching and being inspired by Indigenous STEM experts, and refining my science communication skills.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Questacon and I look forward to taking the skills I acquired there with me into the future.

Audrey McInnerney, Questacon

Overall I feel very lucky to be involved in the Aurora Internship Program and am glad that I have been able to make a contribution to Food Ladder. 

Faith Considine, Food Ladder

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 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)

My internship has played a huge part in validating my degree choice and helped me to focus on a clear path toward working in Indigenous education. As an Aboriginal woman, it was wonderful to be involved in a program where culture is the foundation.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

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

ALS was the perfect environment for a new intern. I felt that I could be productive but also spend time observing and learning new skills for my own development. It was made very clear that the experience was dependent on what we wanted to get out of it. I liked this approach, as I was able to take on jobs and help out, but there was no pressure from the staff. I also loved that the internship opened up a pathway for me to become involved in the Indigenous sector, which I have long been aspiring to do. I feel incredibly lucky to have had this experience and I can't explain how appreciative I am of the efforts made by the team to make everything manageable for me. I feel like I have had the opportunity to develop my own skills and make connections that I may not have been able to do without the assistance through Aurora.

Holli Backhouse, ALS

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

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

Overall, my experience with AIDA is indescribable as I would do it again in a heartbeat. The staff that I met in the short amount of time made me feel at home and not only did they allow me to unlock my full potential, they opened more doors of opportunity for my future.

Brianna St John, AIDA