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My internship was such a unique learning experience which has made me reconsider my future career path and I would recommend it to anyone who is studying law and wishes to gain some hands on, practical experience. The program also helps to facilitate integral respect and understanding for the unique complexities of different people’s cultures.

Lindsay Collins,
placed at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

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.

Overview

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 70 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 in particular.
  

The internship program now

More than 1,350 internship placements have been arranged as at summer 2013/14.

The program continues to attract enthusiastic participation by students and graduates from universities across Australia as well as overseas, with over 3,800 applications received and more than 1,350 internship placements arranged, as at the summer 2013/14 round.

 

 

 

 

Internships - making a difference

  • 49 law graduates have taken up full-time positions at NTRBs as a result of the internship program, which is over 60% of the number of full-time lawyers (76) in the NTRB system at the time of our April 2005 Report
  • 29 anthropology graduates have taken up full-time positions at NTRBs as a result of the internship program which is over 35% 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 45 Australian Indigenous internship placements (36 legal, four anthropology and five other social science), of which five have led to full-time positions in the NTRB system.  An additional two Canadian Aboriginal placements were arranged
  • Over 20% 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.