What Indigenous interns say

My time at the ALS gave me great insight into the challenges solicitors and vulnerable clients and face in the legal system. The ALS provided me with a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of criminal law and the legal system in general.

Tim Forrest, ALS

I found the internship to be a rewarding experience in multiple aspects and it was a positive experience on all fronts. It was important to me that I played my role in the organisation, and it has been great to hear that the work I completed while I was at AIATSIS has been useful. The experience has inspired and reignited my passions regarding Indigenous affairs. My experience was overwhelmingly positive, and I'm so glad I entered the program. I'd like to thank everyone who makes the program possible!

Lucy Schroeder, AIATSIS

Whilst this experience was extremely fulfilling it is not one that I could have funded on my own. I am extremely grateful that I was able to secure a Commonwealth scholarship that paid for my flights and accommodation.

Tyler O’Brien, NQLC

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 expectations were 100% exceeded. I went from initially asking if i could reduce my internship feeling overwhelmed (after the first day) to not only doing a 6-week internship but am now staying on to do casual work as a paralegal.  I saw first-hand what kind of lawyer I aspire to be. Overall, I was proud of myself for stepping up and seeing through my internship, and gaining knowledge and confidence to do tasks.  This has positively impacted not only myself but has been beneficial to my studies.  I am also thankful for the support the Aurora staff provided.

Ricki-Lee Walley, KCLS

This internship has been a fantastic opportunity for me, I have learnt so much about the industry and about anthropology, I have a good understanding of the literature and have been exposed to so many invaluable sources that I did not know existed before, or had not had a reason to look through until now. I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to be involved, and I believe that this internship will help me find and secure a job after Uni. 

Steve Castell, QSNTS

The Aurora Placement gave me the opportunity to explore, learn and work within the WEHI. Being able to use the machines, carry out techniques and being in an environment that allowed me to ask many questions felt like this understanding was facilitated and meant my learning experience felt productive.  This opportunity has created such intrigue for me. I am eager to see what avenues within health and medical research might align with my passions and hopefully explore what post-graduate study and work possibilities are possible within this field.

Kasarina Mann, WEHI

The best aspect of the Program is the fact that it is funded for indigenous students - definitely would not have been able to participate without that.

Emma St Clair, ALRC

Every step of the way I have felt as if I am a part of the team and have been trusted with a host of different media and comms work including: writing up media releases, social media engagement, assisting with events etc.

Jenna-Maree Jacob, AIHW

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