What Indigenous interns say

For Aurora and ACTCS the expectation was very high and therefore I was completing tasks that were engaging and required critical thinking and effort. Their work often goes unnoticed so it was great to see how much effort goes into providing the service they do and being able to appreciate it. 

Hope Kuchel, ACTCS

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

There were many rewarding moments, however being able to go on country and attend the claimant meetings were what I found most valuable and unforgettable.

Jessica Moody, KLC

My internship and ongoing paid work has been an incredible time of growth for me as a future professional in the health field. I have also realised that I already possess many skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workplace, such as communication skills, and an ability to connect with Indigenous clients and organisations. This has given me great confidence in my ability to be a member of a workplace associated with Indigenous health.

Caleb Rivers, AHCWA

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

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

I have really enjoyed Susan’s company, and have learned so much from her during my internship. I am extremely grateful for the time we’ve had together, and for the opportunity.

Ruby Langton-Batty, Susan Phillips

I learnt a lot about native title and the people represented in a short period of time. It gave me ideas about employment opportunities both in and outside of native title, valuable contacts, and a better understanding of what professional anthropologists actually do.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, WDLAC

Interning at VACCHO has presented me with so many great learning opportunities and greater insight into Indigenous affairs and policy. This internship has given me enough insight, experience, motivation and inspiration to want to pursue a career into policy for Indigenous equality, so again thank you Aurora for your constant support throughout.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

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