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For me, the best part of the internship program was the chance to develop my research skills and showed me the realities of working in a native title environment as well as the issues affecting Indigenous Australians in a remote community. On a more personal level, I felt that I was making a positive difference helping out an organisation so under-resourced and overstretched as the KLC Library.

Mary Davies,
placed at Kimberley Land Council (Aboriginal Corporation) (KLC)

Paid placements

Part-time, locum and full-time paid placement opportunities are available through Aurora. You should check the job network for employment opportunities.

In general, we try to propose people for longer-term paid placements who have graduated and/ or who have concluded an unpaid Aurora internship. This gives both the intern and the host organisation an opportunity for a 'try-out' work experience in the area.

If you are interested in paid opportunities, we encourage you to apply for an internship first and if you progress to the interview stage, you can mention your interest in an ongoing paid placement, which may eventuate following on from your unpaid internship.

Interns are usually placed over the winter and summer university breaks, however there is flexibility around these timeframes for applicants who have already graduated.

It is interesting to note that:

  • The Program has led to over 340 alumni (over 20%) going on to work in a full-time or part-time capacity in organisations working in native title and/or the broader Indigenous sector.

  • Over 25% of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Aurora alumni are working or have worked for NTRBs, PBCs and/or in the Indigenous sector more generally.

Alumni network

Participation in the Internship Program links alumni to Aurora’s extensive network which in turn offers future employment opportunities in the areas of native title, policy and the broader Indigenous sector.

In line with the Program’s objective to improve the attraction and retention of graduates to work in the Indigenous sector, over 340 alumni have gone on to work in a full-time or part-time capacity at organisations working in native title and the broader Indigenous sector.  All of these alumni have noted that their decision to work in the sector has been greatly influenced by their Aurora internship.

Check the job network for employment opportunities.