What Indigenous interns say

My expectations of the internship experience were greatly exceeded. I have completed work experience multiple times in the past and was never given tasks that required responsibility and decision-making. The tasks I was delegated at Aurora were meaningful and I was often asked for my inputs and opinions when the team was making important decisions.

It has helped me grow professionally and personally. I think I have learnt a lot of valuable things that will assist me with my future studies.

Gemma Pol, AEF

Ninti brought me right in on their projects and gave me some core work, which was amazing!  This experience has taught me more about how Government contracts and research from universities get rolled out in communities through NGOs.

Vanessa Farrelly, Ninti One

My internship gave me a greater understanding of how emergency ambulances work and operate in different parts of Australia. It has given me a life time of knowledge, skills and experience that I would never have learnt anywhere else.

Taylor McLean, St John Ambulance

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

I’ve learnt so much and feel that I have a clear direction to head in. Thankyou Terri for an awesome experience…

David Wenitong, Terri Janke

Conducting an internship at the Alliance (and VACCHO) opened by eyes up in the Indigenous health and policy sector. I was exposed to the multitude of amazing things that VACCHO do throughout Victoria for Aboriginal people, and had the privilege to meet so many talented and passionate people here. My work for the Alliance taught me about the importance of advocacy in policy and program development, especially in the Aboriginal out-of-home-care sphere.  The funding enables Indigenous individuals who may come from low-socioeconomic / under-resourced backgrounds to gain experiences with these organisations, which they may not have the chance to without the support of Aurora.

Makayla Jennings, VACCHO

My time and experience here at SNAICC has really opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes for our kids, and how important non-for-profit organisations are for the improved future of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children going through child protection and family services.  

Aliya Chalmers, SNAICC

I’m very proud and thankful that Aurora provided me the opportunity of the internship, it has been a highlight of my beginning baby lawyer career. 

Jessica Moody, KLC

I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to experience what it is like to work at an organisation that is doing so much to better the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Kae Cox, AHCWA

I am glad I had a chance to gain placement there and see how researchers operate and to witness how theory gets tested methodically and how science underpins evidence, testing and findings. I could see myself contributing to a field and networking from different areas and through various services.  Thankyou Aurora. Eternally grateful for the experience and opportunity. I loved it!

Jaye Lee Snowden, Telethon