Legal and social science internships available

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program is an Australian Government Initiative that provides great career opportunities in native title, policy development, social justice and Indigenous affairs.

If you're a student or graduate of law or social sciences (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, history, human geography and sociology), these internships are available to you.

The Aurora Program aims to provide assistance to under-resourced and over-worked Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) as well as to various other organisations working in these areas including Indigenous corporations, government bodies, community groups and other policy organisations.

NTRBs employ lawyers, anthropologists and other researchers, field officers and administrative staff to represent and support Indigenous communities in native title claims, advocacy and other negotiations. Other host organisations advocate policies of reconciliation and equal rights for Indigenous Australians while some provide assistance to Indigenous communities with cultural heritage activities, as well as associated business and community-based initiatives.

Where you can intern

NTRBs and other host organisations are located in:

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Camooweal, Canberra, Darwin, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Melbourne, Perth, Port Hedland, Sydney and Thursday Island.

Longer paid placements

Applications for longer paid placements are also open to law and social sciences students and graduates, as well as qualified anthropologists, archaeologists or solicitors, usually following on from an internship.

Placements can start at two months and may continue for up to a year. Duties, conditions and remuneration vary from position to position.


There are two intakes for interns annually, during the summer and winter university breaks, for five to six weeks, with some flexibility. Applications open around March and August each year.

Apply online at the Aurora project website for the summer 2013/14 round of internships.

Applications open: 9am AEDT Monday 29 July 2013.

Applications close: 5pm AEDT Friday 23 August 2013.

More information

For more information and to apply, visit the Aurora Project website.

Read the report into the professional development needs of NTRB lawyers for a full account of the research into NTRBs and recommendations that led to the establishment of the Program.

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