What Indigenous interns say

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

I love that there are so many Koori orgs that Aurora is partnered with. Aurora makes it easy for mob (and non-Indigenous people) to become engaged in the Aboriginal sector.

Olivia Bentley, VU Moondani Balluk

Ninti brought me right in on their projects and gave me some core work, which was amazing!  This experience has taught me more about how Government contracts and research from universities get rolled out in communities through NGOs.

Vanessa Farrelly, Ninti One

The projects I was involved in really complemented each other, and my learning very well. They seemed perfectly tailored to me - not only did I use most of the subjects/skills learned in my recent degree, but working on the mental health commission project helped give me a better understanding of the field I am returning to.

Ruby Warber, Lowitja

Being an intern at WEHI has broaden my knowledge on both science and lab work.

Gerald Ryder, WEHI

This was a valuable, rewarding, well-rounded and enlightening educational experience which showed me that a legal career can be about more than just black letter law; it can be about empowering the community and building relationships.  Indigenous cultural and intellectual property (ICIP) was a fascinating and challenging area of law to experience. I was excited to learn from someone so well regarded and I learnt a great deal under her mentorship.  My time at on placement taught me a key truth: everything in this area of law has to do with people and what motivates them. The law can be used to empower your clients to achieve their dreams, and to fight for their rights when the chips are down.

Sasha Purcell, Terri Janke

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

This internship allowed me the opportunity to learn from some amazing and highly skilled researchers every day. Not only did I learn a great deal more about Native Title and the work that anthropologists in this field do, I also learnt and began to develop practical skills on the job that I will take with me and will continue to build upon. Further, this placement helped me develop a clearer vision of which direction to head in regards to my future studies. This experience in a sense also reignited that spark within me to continue on this journey that I am on.

Andrew Coe, QSNTS

My experience at SNAICC was well worthwhile as I not only learnt more about research, policy and working as part of an organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but made many new friends along the way. I feel like I truly contributed to the fundamental and vital work being done by SNAICC for our children so that they can grow up feeling important, safe and strong in culture.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

My time with AIDA has gone but it has been the catalyst for many changes in my life direction and the most formative experience for me personally, since making the decision to go back to study.

Christine Torcetti, AIDA