Visual Storyteller Intern

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of User Centred Design

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: 6 months fixed term

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The Design Team at the Satellite Applications Catapult is made up of human centred designers who specialise in making sure that the technology solutions being developed are solving real world problems.  It is our job to understand our users across the globe and translate the challenges they face into actionable design requirements.  We test, we question, we imagine, we create.

To spread the good word of design, we have been creating a human centred design guide for the space industry based on our methods and case studies of our field work.  However, we simply don’t have the capacity to turn our notes, thoughts, and drafts into a final product.

We’re looking for someone to bring their artistic storytelling flair into our department, and work with us to help share the value and methods of human centered design with the space industry and beyond. We are open to new ideas, and want you to surprise us with your creativity.  We believe this is an important story to tell and we want you to help us tell it. We’re looking for someone who can take a complicated story and make sense of it, who thinks information is beautiful, and who knows the power of a good story.

About You

  • Sketching / quick prototyping
  • Ability to explain/defend a response to a creative brief
  • Ninja skills in graphics software (we use the Adobe CC suite, so this would be our preference) to produce:
    • Infographics
    • Presentations
    • Visual narratives
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-driven, exploratory
  • Can draw a perfect circle freehand (very important)
  • An interest in science communication

Preferred additional requirement

You are a student from a Graphic Design, Information Experience Design, Communication Design or similar courses, with some great visuals on your portfolio.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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