The Aurora Native Title Internship Program is an initiative that gives students and graduates the opportunity to undertake internships within a wide network of organisations working on Indigenous affairs.
During the June/July university break I was given the opportunity to work at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
As a graduate of a four year social science degree, at times aptly referred to as a glorified Arts degree, I recognised a distinct divide between my glossy new academic qualifications and my level of experience and professional skills.
‘Ownership is a factor in perceptions of benefit.
For many people, Aurora internships are about travelling to a new place and gaining firsthand experience in the field. For me it was a way to enter an unknown field of research and begin to understand the fundamentals of Aboriginal affairs.
My Internship Experience
During the Winter of 2017 I was given the opportunity to undertake an Aurora Internship with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Research Policy (CAEPR) at ANU.
Over four weeks in June and July 2018, I was fortunate enough to intern at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, through the Aurora Internship program.