For myself, and perhaps most Arts students, internships were something that I only experienced when observing the desperate attempts of commerce students to secure the perfect placement and thus their perfect career path.
Having graduated from UCL with a degree in anthropology I became interested in issues pertaining to Australia’s indigenous populations whilst travelling yet I was still unclear as to how I could translate my interests into paid employment.
I was very lucky for the opportunity provided through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, to spend 6 weeks in Wadeye; a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory [NT].
The Aurora project provides internship opportunities to become involved in native title, policy, social justice and Indigenous affairs whilst providing additional resources to organisations in need of assistance.
When I applied for the Aurora Internship Program, I never expected to be offered an internship in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. I was placed in Wadeye, a community of 3,000 people located southwest of Darwin on Kardu Diminin land.
I applied to an internship through the Aurora Native Title Internship Program after having completed a Master degree in Development Studies followed by a Master degree in Indigenous studies, from the University of the New South Wales.
The Children’s Services Support Unit [CSSU] Inc.
From the air Wadeye, positioned upon Kardu Diminin Land, is just a small cleared opening, dotted with dwellings amongst the weaving river inlets, red earth and mangrove lined coastline.
Over the summer period of 2016/17, I was fortunate enough to undertake two separate Aurora internships, as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
Over the winter break, I had an amazing opportunity to undertake an Aurora Commonwealth funded internship and travel to the remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye, in the Northern Territory. Wadeye has a population of approximately 3000 people from seven language group and 20 clans.