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The whole internship programme was amazing for me. My placement at CAEPR definitely suited where I am at the moment in my anthropology studies. The research/academia environment was great and it is so amazing to have the opportunity to publish an article, which is perfect as I am going on to do further study and hopefully a PhD in anthropology.

Hannah Swee,
placed at Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

About the Aurora Native Title Internship Program

The Internship Program commenced in 2004 with the placement of legal interns at a limited number of NTRBs and other organisations working in Indigenous affairs more generally.


Aurora summer 2012/13 intern placed at MGCorp

The legal Internship Program has since expanded to include anthropology and some social science (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates, now placed at the 15 NTRBs and at over 80 other Indigenous corporations, government bodies, community groups and other policy organisations Australia-wide.

In 2009, Aurora piloted the placement of business interns at NTRBs and other organisations.

The Internship Program, combined with Aurora’s training and professional development program, support the recruitment and retention of staff at NTRBs and PBCs in particular.

The internship program now

More than 1,450 internship placements have been arranged as at winter 2014.

The program continues to attract enthusiastic participation by students and graduates from universities across Australia as well as overseas, with over 4,100 applications received and more than 1,400 internship placements arranged, as at the winter 2014 round.





Internships - making a difference

  • 52 law graduates have taken up full-time positions at NTRBs as a result of the internship program, which is over 65% of the number of full-time lawyers in the NTRB system at the time of our April 2005 Report (76)
  • 31 anthropology graduates have taken up full-time positions at NTRBs as a result of the internship program which is over 40% of the number of full-time anthropologists (74) in the NTRB system at the time of a recent survey, Collaborative connections: In-house and consultant anthropologists, conducted by Cameo Dalley, Research Fellow, Centre for Native Title Anthropology, ANU
  • In addition, three social science (one archaelogy, one researcher and one communications officer) have taken up full-time positions at NTRBs
  • The program has arranged 51 Australian Indigenous internship placements (39 legal, 5 anthropology and 7 other social science), of which 5 have led to full-time positions in the NTRB system.  An additional two Canadian Aboriginal placements were arranged
  • Around 25% of our alumni are working or have worked in paid positions in native title or Indigenous affairs more broadly
  • Around 80% of internship alumni have expressed an interest in working in native title or Indigenous affairs generally in the future.