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

Interning with TJC has given me a better understanding of IP law generally. I have also gained a better understanding of the need for evidence, and how that can pose difficulties.  Overall, interning with TJC was incredibly enriching both personally and professionally.

Rub Langton-Batty, Terri Janke

This internship opened my eyes to the increasing opportunities and different pathways available to me for my future.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

The most rewarding aspects of my placement was gaining hands-on experience of what the real world in the medical research sector will be like and how important and the amazing work people are achieving.

Stacey Rankin, WEHI

My internship with TEWLS completely overwhelmed my expectations.  The work I completed at TEWLS was both challenging and meaningful. I consider the lessons I learnt in terms of both specific legal skills and general professional development to be invaluable.

Alannah Lenehan, TEWLS

My internship and ongoing paid work has been an incredible time of growth for me as a future professional in the health field. I have also realised that I already possess many skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workplace, such as communication skills, and an ability to connect with Indigenous clients and organisations. This has given me great confidence in my ability to be a member of a workplace associated with Indigenous health.

Caleb Rivers, AHCWA

The Aurora program is water tight! Your care and concern for all interns is astounding. I just want to express my deepest gratitude for the experience. The best aspects were meeting other interns and exposure to the native title and land rights sector.

Militza Banach-Wightman, FNLRS (formerly NTSV)

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

I found my experience extremely rewarding and insightful. I once was an Aboriginal woman who knew little about the child protection space, which is concerning as it affects so many of our mob. I am now proud to say that I have been a part of an organisation that advocates to keep our Aboriginal children and young people safe and protected.

Lakkari Pitt, AbSec

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