Project Description

Scholarships for the Aurora Internship Project

The Aurora Project arranges for law and social science students to undertake internships with indigenous organisations.

These internships are of great benefit to both the interns – who develop their practical legal or public policy skills – and the indigenous organisations they assist.

Since 2016, the JSK Fund has provided scholarships for two students each year to complete Aurora internships.

One student completed an internship with the Kimberley Community Legal Service and wrote:

“Without the JSK’s financial support I would not have been able to intern at KCLS…

My experience was entirely positive and is a fantastic way to experience the interaction of legal policy with the culture of remote indigenous communities”.


Previous recipients of the JSK Fund’s scholarships have included indigenous students and students who otherwise could not afford to do Aurora internships. They have interned with organisations such as Queensland South Native Title Services, the Environmental Defenders Office (NT), the Northern Land Council, and with barristers specialising in native title.

Ben and Tess Kelly – one of John’s sons and John’s daughter – both completed self funded Aurora Internships while at university and have drawn on those experiences in their current work on Indigenous law and policy issues.