Aurora Internships now open
Applications for the Aurora Internship Program opened this month, giving students and graduates from a range of disciplines the opportunity for real world experience in the Indigenous sector. For the first time, the Program will be offering scholarship-supported internships* for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. This is an exciting development – to date the Program has had only small numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates due to us being unable to offer financial support.
The Aurora Internship Program places students and graduates for a four to six-week period (full-time) at over 130 organisations across Australia.
Offered by our sister organisation, The Aurora Project, the Internships offer an opportunity to gain professional work experience with a view to career opportunities at organisations within the sector.
Internship Program Manager Kim Barlin said the Program is looking for interns from a range of disciplines:
“We welcome students and graduates of law, anthropology and other social science, and now also candidates from business, education, health sciences and media/communications”.
The aim of the Internship Program is to provide interns with real world on the ground knowledge, and it also supports the often under-staffed Indigenous community sector.
Anthropology student Briana just completed her internship with the Aurora Education Foundation (AEF) and says her placement gave her real world skills and helped her identify the Indigenous sector as somewhere she would like to work in the future.
“Interning at the Aurora office allowed me to see what working in an NGO in the Indigenous sector is really like, and has certainly cemented the idea in my mind that this is an area I really would like to steer my career goals towards”, she said.
Health Science graduate Annabel said one of the best parts of her AEF internship was the workplace itself and the people she worked with.
“For me, the highlight of the internship was being able to work in such a friendly workplace”, she said.
“Every person here was a pleasure to work with. I never felt under pressure to perform or that I would be criticised for doing something wrong. This environment made it very easy for me to settle into the work that I was doing, and proved to be a great experience for me following the completion of my undergraduate degree”, she said.
Applications for the upcoming winter 2017 round close Friday 31 March 2017. On-line applications and more information about the Internship Program can be accessed via the Aurora website.
You can catch the Aurora Placements team and recent alumni at Career Fairs at the following universities during March: Adelaide, ANU, Curtin, Flinders, James Cook, Macquarie, Melbourne, Sydney, UTS, UWA, UNSW and Western Sydney.
For more information
If you are interested in applying, please contact Placements Manager, Kim Barlin on (02) 9310 8413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*An agreement in principle has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Aurora Internship Program through to the end of February 2019.