The Adelaide Law School provides students with the opportunity to undertake a number of exciting internships and work placements during their studies.
Native Title Internship
Are you interested in native title? Would you like the opportunity to gain prestigious practical experience, whilst simultaneously completing an elective?
If the answers to these questions are yes, perhaps you should consider applying for an Aurora Project Native Title Internship.
- What is the Aurora Project?
The Aurora Project introduces law students to career opportunities in native title and Indigenous affairs, and it provides assistance to Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) lawyers through a highly prestigious and competitive internship program. Internships are offered at NTRBs and other Indigenous policy organisations as well as other organisations working in native title and related areas Australia wide.
There are two annual internship intakes during the summer and winter university breaks, with each internships lasting for between 4 to 6 weeks. Applications open in March and August of each year, and are open to law students who have completed, or are currently completing, the property law component of their legal studies.
To register your interest or for more information on the internship course or the Adelaide Law School scholarship, please contact Dr Laura Grenfell.
- Gaining academic credit for an internship
Completing an Aurora Project internship will provide you with valuable practical experience whilst progressing your law degree.
Adelaide Law School offers a 3 unit elective course which can be taken by students completing an Aurora Project Native Title Internship. The course is designed to work with the internship and allows students to complete research arising from of the internship to gain academic credit towards their law degree.
The course is taken in the semester following the internship, and the Course Coordinator is able to work with you during your internship to ensure you are on track to complete the course efficiently. Click here for more information.
- Adelaide Law School Scholarship
Adelaide Law School has secured funding from the Law Foundation of South Australia to offer two scholarships to Adelaide Law students to assist them in completing Aurora Project internships with Native Title Representative Bodies or other organisations working on Indigenous legal issues.
The Scholarship will be awarded to the applicants deemed most meritorious according to the following criteria:
- a strong academic record
- an interest in the area of native title, social justice and Indigenous affairs
- financial need
- commitment to completing an internship
- commitment to completing the NT elective course.
Scholarships will be advertised and applicants sought in May and October.
- The Student Experience
Since 2005 more than 60 Adelaide Law School students have secured and completed Aurora Project internships. Read about their experiences below.
Laura Tolson, 2012
Over the 2012/13 summer break I interned with two Indigenous organisations, facilitated through The Aurora Native Title Internship Program. During this internship I conducted independent legal research, drafted legal documents such as affidavits and memorandum of understandings, and various other tasks.
After 11 weeks of interning at Indigenous organisations, I have come away with a sense of encouragement and empowerment. I would certainly recommend an Aurora Internship to anyone interested in Indigenous Affairs.
Oliver Greeves, 2013
My experience was full of enriching tasks and activities, most of which considerably developed my legal research skills and my knowledge of the steps towards recognising native title rights and interests. It was a valuable addition to my studies, and further cemented my determination to pursue social justice in my legal career.
Sitting in at many Federal Court hearings allowed me to gain familiarity with the court’s procedure, and I even attended hearings for preservation of evidence, which took place ‘on country’ and therefore did not involve the same formality of the courtroom.