What Indigenous interns say

Overall I feel very lucky to be involved in the Aurora Internship Program and am glad that I have been able to make a contribution to Food Ladder. 

Faith Considine, Food Ladder

Conducting an internship at the Alliance (and VACCHO) opened by eyes up in the Indigenous health and policy sector. I was exposed to the multitude of amazing things that VACCHO do throughout Victoria for Aboriginal people, and had the privilege to meet so many talented and passionate people here. My work for the Alliance taught me about the importance of advocacy in policy and program development, especially in the Aboriginal out-of-home-care sphere.  The funding enables Indigenous individuals who may come from low-socioeconomic / under-resourced backgrounds to gain experiences with these organisations, which they may not have the chance to without the support of Aurora.

Makayla Jennings, VACCHO

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

I have learnt a lot whilst completing my internship at AV, being able to sit in on executive team meetings has given me a valuable understanding into the processes of governments. Furthermore, working within the treaty team has given me a unique insight into the current treaty process in Victoria.  My internship at AV has also provided the opportunity to develop substantive legal skills and connect the theory and practice of law by experiencing the law in practice outside of the classroom and textbooks.  Finally, whilst at AV I have been able to strengthen existing relationships as well as form new ones with the Victorian Aboriginal community. Much like the rest of Aboriginal Australia, my community has been encouraged by the treaty discussions in Victoria and will be keeping a close watch on the process.

Clinton Benjamin, AV (formerly OAAV)

The most rewarding aspect of my placement with FYA was working with young, blak mob.  Being able to travel to Broome was also an unbelievable experience and a seminal moment in my life, due to the powerful on-country learning and opportunity to attend the National Native Title Country.   The internship completely aligned with my interests and passions.  The scholarship was also extremely appreciated as it meant I was able to support myself while undertaking an experience that I believe has had an immense and indelible effect on my career-planning and life direction more generally.

Paris Mordecai, FYA

My internship with TEWLS completely overwhelmed my expectations.  The work I completed at TEWLS was both challenging and meaningful. I consider the lessons I learnt in terms of both specific legal skills and general professional development to be invaluable.

Alannah Lenehan, TEWLS

I found my experience extremely rewarding and insightful. I once was an Aboriginal woman who knew little about the child protection space, which is concerning as it affects so many of our mob. I am now proud to say that I have been a part of an organisation that advocates to keep our Aboriginal children and young people safe and protected.

Lakkari Pitt, AbSec

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 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