What Indigenous interns say

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

It was such a fantastic experience. The people who I worked alongside the entire time I was there, were so generous with their time, treated me like a fellow worker, and allowed me to grow so much over the five and a half weeks. I will definitely be staying in touch with all of them and I'm looking forward to working with them in the future, hopefully on one of my own projects.

Julia Moriarty, Lingo Pictures

The experience and knowledge I gained will be something that will direct where I will go after University and in my arts career.  The best aspects were being able to engage in a pathway which is related to my studies as this was something I have been needing over the past three years whilst studying at art school. 

Reece Romagnoli-Townsend, DAAFF

Being in a remote community is yet to be one of the biggest challenges I have accomplished throughout my studies. I was challenged mentally and emotionally, whilst learning about the challenges faced within the community, both past and present, as well as gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural issues that are evident in the community. By completing my internship at the Wadeye Safe House, I have been able to continue developing my personal toolkit in which I look forward to using once completing studies.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

I feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to have such an extraordinary experience, as I only have an administrative background of real world experience of financials and Indigenous business development and growth, and to have the opportunity to develop with my degree and utilise my skills learned from uni is a great advantage on my career development.  My experience here with the IBA team has been an “epic” adventure and has broadened my mind on indigenous engagement, development and commerce opportunities for the indigenous community as well as the small business and home ownership opportunities to the Indigenous community.

Cassandra Page, IBA

As an Aboriginal person, I have a passion for working with Aboriginal people, giving back to my community and working to make a difference. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn more about my culture, my country, my language and develop as a person. I have always been proud of my culture but have never felt ‘truly Indigenous’ because of my skin colour. I believe this experience has benefited me professionally as it has reaffirmed my pride and that I am Indigenous, which I believe will help me to relate to my Indigenous patients. My supervisor has really inspired me as a role model and I look forward to making a difference in my field.

Allison Morgan, WGN

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

I am so grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to attend IMPACT and the National Native Title conference; it has been the highlight of the year and a seminal moment in my life. It really affirmed for me the direction I want go, and what space I want to be working in and creating change. It also showed me how much learning I have yet to do, so I’m leaving this experience even more passionate and excited!

Paris Mordecai, FYA

Whilst this experience was extremely fulfilling it is not one that I could have funded on my own. I am extremely grateful that I was able to secure a Commonwealth scholarship that paid for my flights and accommodation.

Tyler O’Brien, NQLC

The Cultural Unit has enabled me to see the strength and power that culture can have in government organisations, as well as allowing me to further develop my knowledge and understanding of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture. This opportunity has truly been a substantial experience that exceeded my expectations and one that allowed me to reflect on my future career direction.

Jessica Laing, YJ