What Indigenous interns say

As a proud Nywaigi woman from QLD, I have seen little to no cross over between my academic study and my culture. It wasn’t until my time at AbSec that I learnt how to incorporate the voices of Aboriginal people in decisions affecting Aboriginal people.  This 4-week internship was short and sweet but was the most rewarding part of my university studies and experiences so far.

Madison Cassady, AbSec

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

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 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 has been an enjoyable and valuable learning experience. I have met some wonderful people and have been exposed to amazing and important research about deficit discourses. Overall a pleasant and rewarding internship.

Courtney-Rose Barker-Finegan, NCIS

I was able to experience what native title law is compared to studying the theory of it at University. I enjoyed working alongside passionate lawyers and meeting traditional owners.

Mikaela French, CYLC

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

Every step of the way I have felt as if I am a part of the team and have been trusted with a host of different media and comms work including: writing up media releases, social media engagement, assisting with events etc.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

I am glad I had a chance to gain placement there and see how researchers operate and to witness how theory gets tested methodically and how science underpins evidence, testing and findings. I could see myself contributing to a field and networking from different areas and through various services.  Thankyou Aurora. Eternally grateful for the experience and opportunity. I loved it!

Jaye Lee Snowden, Telethon

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