What Indigenous interns say

The support I received from Aurora was phenomenal in organising the travel and accommodation for my placement. It’s such an amazing program and I will happily urge anyone interested to apply. Thanks so much for such an amazing experience. It has motivated to pursue a career that helps people.

Zac Fraser, TSRA

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 found the experience to be invaluable. I truly feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to work with such inspirational people doing such tremendous work for our children and community.

Breeana Parsons, AbSec

I was exposed to a work environment in the city. I gained an understanding of what it was like to live in the metro area and participating in a more developed organization that managed smaller and broader indigenous services in health in Western Australia.  Overall it has been a unique experience for me personally and one I will remember.

Kerry Franklin, AHCWA

It was mind-blowing to watch and be part of the collaboration of the existing services which come together under Maranguka’s umbrella.  Inspirational is an understatement to witness how such pro-active, transparent, forward thinking community leaders can bring about such positive change supported by a progressively developed and established system that is proving to be successful.

Jay Lee Snowden, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

Being in a remote community is yet to be one of the biggest challenges I have accomplished throughout my studies. I was challenged mentally and emotionally, whilst learning about the challenges faced within the community, both past and present, as well as gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural issues that are evident in the community. By completing my internship at the Wadeye Safe House, I have been able to continue developing my personal toolkit in which I look forward to using once completing studies.

Rachel Hall, OTCS

My placement has made me feel like I have really contributed to the work they are and will continue to be doing when I leave, while valuing my opinion for future resources to benefit Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children in child protection.   I have learnt so much not only about policy research but about what it means to have a full time 9-5 working job which has been a great learning experience.

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

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

I experienced many firsts including the highs of bringing people back to life and the lows of suicide and fatal MVA’s.  Along the way St Johns continually providing essential peer support services to our entire team.   It has been a hugely surreal journey to have experienced but one I continue to reflect on.   

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

I’ve had such a good time learning the practice of native title first hand. It has really solidified the concepts and has been interesting to see how they work in practice. It’s definitely been the best work experience I have been involved in at uni and has made me really keen to practice native title in my career.

Zachary Fraser, TSRA