About my Aurora Internship experience
Through the Aurora Internship Program there are a number of host options across Australia. My internship was with the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project through the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne. This internship is within the program’s legal stream.
A ‘day in the life’ of the program
My internship was four days a week and I loved going into the office – it was a lovely atmosphere – everyone was really welcoming and friendly. The team was very collaborative, which was great for me coming in and learning different tasks in a new environment; it really made me feel at ease.
My main tasks for the ATNS project involved completing summaries of Indigenous Land Use Agreements. I undertook research around the agreements, interpreting and rewording the agreements to make them easier to understand, inputting information into the database and noting any issues with the database that needed to be addressed.
I also undertook research tasks for a different project within the Indigenous Studies Unit with regard to family violence, doing summaries and comparisons, finding relevant legislation, checking sources and collating information.
Professional & personal benefits of the program
The Aurora internship gave me an opportunity to explore an area of law that I was interested in but probably wouldn’t have had a chance to work in, had I not participated in the program.
It also allowed me to gain exposure and practical experience in the area of Indigenous affairs. I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in Indigenous affairs, native title and agreement-making to consider an internship with ATNS or more broadly in the Aurora Internship Program. The Aurora Internship was an invaluable and rewarding experience and I am so glad that I applied.