What Indigenous interns say

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 experienced many firsts including the highs of bringing people back to life and the lows of suicide and fatal MVA’s.  Along the way St Johns continually providing essential peer support services to our entire team.   It has been a hugely surreal journey to have experienced but one I continue to reflect on.   

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

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

My expectations of the internship experience were greatly exceeded. I have completed work experience multiple times in the past and was never given tasks that required responsibility and decision-making. The tasks I was delegated at Aurora were meaningful and I was often asked for my inputs and opinions when the team was making important decisions.

It has helped me grow professionally and personally. I think I have learnt a lot of valuable things that will assist me with my future studies.

Gemma Pol, AEF

My time spent at CSYW gave me the opportunity to work across all teams within the organisation. Each day was different in its own right, my assigned tasks were varied, and I came across some unique experiences when working with young people and their families.

Jenaya Emzin-Smith, YJ

This is great educative experience, where you really do learn on the job. You are immersed within an environment in which you may want to work, so you can experience and get a taste of what it takes to work and excel in such a setting
It can be transformative in many ways (learning about and/or gaining a broader understanding of Indigenous affairs, Native Title etc.) Also transformative in the sense that this program can shape your future direction (which it is doing in my case).

Andrew Coe, QSNTS

The Aurora Internship Program I feel ensures Indigenous organisations from around Australia can access help and support in a professional and meaningful way of capacity building regional and urban areas while also providing significant lifetime experiences for undergraduate and post graduate students.

Vincent Backhaus, TSM

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

Working with Just Reinvest NSW gave me a really unique insight into how community-led strengths-based approaches can operate in the real world.  I highly recommend interning with JR NSW. The support and guidance from the Moree and Sydney JR NSW teams really helped make this an invaluable experience, which has built up my confidence to work in the Indigenous sector and has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of what it is to truly work for and be led by community.

My internship experience with JR NSW has only further affirmed what I already believed – as Aboriginal people, we are the experts on the strengths, challenges, and needs of our own communities, and we must be given the opportunities and support on a local and state level in order to lead the way towards a strong, safe, and promising future.  I especially urge any Indigenous students to apply to Aurora, as this internship experience has only strengthened my sense of identity and made me feel like working in the Indigenous sector is where I am supposed to be.

Holly Fabila, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

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