Who are Aurora's interns?

Aurora non-Indigenous interns are students and graduates (including mature aged) who are in their penultimate or final year of study, academically solid with a keen interest in working in the the broader Indigenous sector, or outside the sector in some case cases, with Indigenous interns. They offer their Host organisations assistance and support in the following areas:

  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Other Social Sciences (namely, archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, history, human geography, sociology, Indigenous studies and community development).

In conjunction to the above, interns may also have a background in:

  • Economics, finance, commerce
  • International relations
  • Media and communication
  • Policy
  • Health Science
  • Human Rights
  • Social work
  • Psychology.

Indigenous interns are preferably in their 2nd year of study or above, or have graduated with an academic background in: business, education, health science, law, media/communications, psychology, social work and some social sciences (including anthropology, archaeology, cultural heritage and environmental management, Indigenous studies, history, human geography and sociology). There are also a handful of opportunities available to candidates with film, music and creative arts, as well as STEM related fields.

Some quotes from Aurora alumni:

  • I had the opportunity to take part in two Aurora internships. The experiences were phenomenal and an absolutely crucial part of my professional development. They augmented my tertiary learning with real life experience and helped me to forge a thriving professional network.  I am presently employed full time in an Indigenous owned and operated not for profit and have Aurora to thank in large part for the opportunities they gave me to spearhead my career pathway.  
  • I have a lot of respect for all your internship program. You are filling a space that's been sorely missed.   
  • Many PM&C graduates have participated in the Aurora Project. This is a particularly important experience for graduates who are working in the Indigenous Affairs Group at PM&C. 
  • The research I did at my Aurora Host during my Aurora Internship was referenced in the Prime Minister’s 2016 Closing the Gap Report. Aurora Internships
  • have a the significant impact on the work of the Australian Government and policy surrounding Indigenous Australian issues. 
  • The best aspect of my internship experience was learning about the richness of the Aboriginal culture and the strength of their connection to the land, and gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by the communities.
  • Overall, my time as an Aurora intern has been one of the best experiences I have had so far, and I am so truly grateful I made the decision to apply. While I not only met so many incredible people and did amazing things, I genuinely deepened my understanding and commitment towards Indigenous advocacy, and now know this is definitely the area that I wish to work within in the future.
  • My internship helped me to confirm that I will work in the Indigenous sector and provided a clear way forward to achieving that dream.

See more quotes from Indigenous funded alumni.