What Indigenous interns say

I’ve learnt so much and feel that I have a clear direction to head in. Thankyou Terri for an awesome experience…

David Wenitong, Terri Janke

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

My internship has played a huge part in validating my degree choice and helped me to focus on a clear path toward working in Indigenous education. As an Aboriginal woman, it was wonderful to be involved in a program where culture is the foundation.

Shiralee Lawson, TAI - Camps

Over the course of the placement I have gained a new found appreciation of the just how challenging and technical native title law is. It has been a pleasure to assist the Senator with his endeavors for better reform in this space. I have also learnt more about some of the political processes that happen behind the scenes. This has been a valuable insight for someone who is interested in a career in policy.  Reflecting back on the experience in its entirety, I have certainly gained a confirmation that I want to work in the Indigenous sector. I have been challenged and inspired by many of the people I have met working in this space. I would like to thank Aurora for organising such an amazing placement.

Tyrone Kelly, Office of Senator Dodson

Overall I have learnt so much about native title, which is amazing because I did already think that I had a thorough understanding. I have also had real insight into the difficulties of this space, particularly being an Indigenous person in this space. Also working in native title, I realise how valuable the work is and how unique my perspective is.  All in all, a fabulous experience.

Alexandra Hohoi, NQLC

Throughout my Internship, I was also able to explore my own cultural identity which has helped me to refine my practice framework and can assist me in future practice. I took away some important learnings and transferable skills from this experience.

Jenaya Emzin-Smith, YJ

The Aurora Project internship was an experience I am very grateful for. I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with and build friendships with the wonderful team at NASCA, working on some amazing projects for Indigenous youth at the same time. Being given this opportunity at the end of my first year of university was something I would never have expected and I have gained valuable work experience and met some great people along the way. Applying for the Aurora Project Internship Program was a challenge I am happy I took on and I highly recommend applying for the next round as it is something that will not be regretted.

Ayden Marzinotto, NASCA

The most rewarding time I had at Danila Dilba Health Service was to see how the service has the ability to save lives. People who are disengaged with main stream health care are contacted by Danila Dilba to provide essential services. There is a partnership between Danila Dilba and ATSI people that has been established over a long time and I enjoyed to see on a daily basis the trust and respect that the service has to keep safe and protect ATSI people.

Kristina Zillhardt, DDHS

I have really enjoyed my time here at AIATSIS. This experience has been a positive one and I'm so glad I spent the winter at AIATSIS. 

Lucy Schroeder, AIATSIS

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA