The Aurora Project - Internships

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • Australia


The Aurora Project was established in 2006 as a result of a report into the professional development needs of lawyers at Native Title Representative Bodies. Over the years it has grown to encompass other projects in the broader area of Indigenous education and Indigenous affairs generally.


The Program commenced in 2004 with the placement of legal interns at a limited number of NTRBs and other organisations working in the broader Indigenous sector. To address the needs of anthropology and research staff at NTRBs and PBCs, the Program expanded to include anthropology students and graduates in 2006 and other social science (namely archeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates in 2007. 

The Program places Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students and graduates (including mature aged) in full-time unpaid 4 to 6 week internships, at over 120 organisations Australia-wide, all with an Indigenous focus, working in the area of:

  • Native title
  • Land rights
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy
  • Social justice
  • Social welfare
  • Human rights
  • Community development
  • Environmental policy.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students and graduates to consider a career in the native title and/or broader Indigenous sector, while at the same time providing additional resources to organisations in need of assistance.

The Program welcomes applications from candidates with an academic background in:

  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Social science, namely:

Archaeology; Cultural heritage management; Environmental management; Human geography; History;Indigenous studies; Community development.

  • In conjunction to the above, candidates may also have a background in:

Business, economics, finance, commerce; International relations; Media/Communications; Policy; Health science; Human rights; Social work; Psychology.

To apply for an internship you need:

  • a strong academic record
  • an interest in the area of native title and/or the broader Indigenous sector
  • a strong sense of cultural awareness 
  • good interpersonal and communication skills.

Applications are accepted in more than one stream. If you want to apply for more than one stream you will need to specify ‘anthropology’, ‘legal’ or ‘social science’ in your cover letter.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

All placements are 4 - 6 week unpaid and are available in all major cities and some remote areas of Australia.

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