Apply for the Aurora Internship Program

Applications for the Summer 2023/2024 round are now CLOSED. Applications for the Winter 2024 round will OPEN on Friday 1 March and close on Sunday 14 April 2024. Before you apply, please take the time to read our Resources – FAQs page.

Please note applications will remain open year round for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

This internship went above and beyond my expectations and has made a profound impact on me and my studies. The knowledge, confidence and skills I have gained go beyond what can be learnt in university.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander intern

What is the program?

The Internship Program, supported by the Commonwealth Government, provides funded internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants to cover costs associated with travel, accommodation and living expenses. The Program has had a transformational impact on interns, host organisations and the communities we serve:

Who is it for?

We welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants who are enrolled for study at university or have graduated from a degree at an Australian university, and Indigenous applicants enrolled in a vocational institute in a minimum Certificate IV. Candidates should have a keen interest in developing their skills and working in the Indigenous sector. We are able to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns at a wide range of organisations including outside of the sector, if the placements are relevant to candidate’s study and career aspirations.

Where are interns placed?

Interns are placed at host organisations across the Indigenous sector this includes but it not limited to health, education, research, law and justice, policy, environment, STEM and community services.

Host organisations are based in major cities as well as regional and remote locations across Australia. Organisations that have hosted interns include NAAJA, ALS, KLC, CSIRO, UNICEF, Studio Gilay, Save the Children, Questacon, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research and the Office of Minister Ken Wyatt.

How do I apply?

Applicants need to complete an online application form and provide a CV, academic transcript and two references. Guidance on the application process can be provided by contacting Following submission of the online application, eligible applicants will need to complete an interview.

For further information on eligibility, selection criteria and internship expectations see our FAQs

Please note applications will remain open year round for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

If you would like to be notified when applications open for future rounds, please register your interest here.