Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for those considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses. The scheme is managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The value of practical experience in the workplace has long been recognised to offer benefits to the spintern, providing valuable experience of the work environment and the skills that are crucial to a successful career, and benefits to the sponsor or host organisation who can identify a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation and possibly provide an informal extended interview of a potential employee.

The scheme has been running since 2013 and continues to grow in popularity.  We always encourage enquiries from potential host organisations who have a short-term project (typically of eight weeks duration), and who would like to offer individuals the opportunity to gain new skills and an insight into their business.

We welcome applications from individuals from all disciplines who are enthusiastic to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they’ve acquired in their studies to date.

SPIN Frequently Asked Questions

The SPIN 2018 scheme is now open! Click on the project title for full details, and scroll down on this page to apply.

Project Title Ref Company Name Location Closing Date
Optical Systems Team Placement 18/12 SSTL Guildford 21/03/18
Option 1: Compression of Video from Space
Option 2: Research the ability to detect wind turbine activity from space – graduate opportunity
18/11 Earth-i Guildford CLOSED
Cinematic Animation for Engineering Visualisation, Rapid EO Prototyping and Client Visualisation – graduate opportunity 18/10 Alba Orbital Glasgow CLOSED
Evaluating the Interoperability of Analysis Ready Data over the UK – graduate opportunity 18/09 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell CLOSED
Prototype of EO data storage infrastructure for new Open Cosmos nanosatellite mission – graduate opportunity 18/08 Open Cosmos Harwell CLOSED
Earth Observation data preparation and analysis for machine learning – graduate opportunity 18/07 Deimos Space UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Oceans as a predictor for daily rainfall risk – graduate opportunity 18/06 Weather Logistics Ltd Nottingham CLOSED
Finding innovative ways use existing data to train and validate satellite imagery feature extraction algorithms – graduate opportunity 18/05 Spottitt Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Radar Wind Profiler at Sea (RWP@Sea) – Feasibility study for the hardware concept – graduate opportunity 18/04 S&AO Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Improving sustainable agriculture in Uganda: building an Early Warning Platform – graduate opportunity 18/03 RHEATECH LTD Harwell CLOSED
Enabling new EO technologies for air quality markers – graduate opportunity 18/02 AVS UK Ltd Harwell CLOSED
Advanced Concepts Team Placement (Ref 180116 TAS UK) – 12 month placement 18/01 Thales Alenia Space Bristol CLOSED

Project Descriptions are uploaded as we receive them from companies. It is up to you to keep an eye out for new opportunities, which can arrive at any time. We also advertise them via Twitter (using #SPIN18), Facebook and LinkedIn. Good Luck!


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The Satellite Applications Catapult also hosts other internships which are run throughout the year, which can be found on our vacancies page.

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