Benefits to the sponsor or host organisation

  • A bright, enthusiastic self-starter placed with you and your team for eight weeks over the summer
  • An injection of fresh ideas and enthusiasm, together with up-to-date academic knowledge
  • Carry out a defined project or piece of work you may not otherwise have resource for.
  • A chance to informally ‘interview’ a potential employee of the future

Placements offered through SpIN are unique. We seek host organisations who can provide a paid work placement that offers valuable ‘real world’ work and learning opportunities, and a chance to contribute to a defined project.

During the placement, SpIN will provide support and mentoring, enabling both hosts and interns to get the most from the experience. Your part of the scheme is to support and mentor these spinterns during their placement, and provide them with a commercial context for the application of their skills. We know from previous experience that spinterns have contributed in very tangible ways to the businesses they worked in, some even staying on beyond their placement to work on commercial projects.

We will need you to set out beforehand the kind of placement you are offering, the anticipated outcomes in terms of deliverables and learning objectives, what kind of individuals you are hoping to take on and the level of payment you can offer to the spintern. Indications of the range and type of projects that have been supported are given in SpIN projects, but obviously every project is unique. We know that the more thought that goes into scoping the project at the outset, the easier it is for hosts to support their spinterns throughout the project and for spinterns to hit the ground running. Of course, we can offer advice and guidance on designing suitable projects where required. For placements within SMEs, SpIN may be able to offer financial support (so if you qualify, please get in touch as soon as possible since the ‘pot’ is finite!)

Please bear in mind the following:

  • Some potential spinterns tend to be focussed (rightly) on exams during April and May – this is not a good time to be advertising your project.
  • The most organised individuals are looking for placements early – the earlier your project is advertised, the better the chance it has of being spotted by the most switched on individuals.

Timeline

Each 2016 placement will be publicised on this website for four weeks, commencing in or before January 2016 or whenever you send it to us. All applications go through the SpIN office to ensure eligibility before being forwarded to the project host for consideration / acceptance on closure of this period. Selection is through normal processes, and all applicants should be notified either way, within 4 weeks of the closing date. We request that all hosts are kind enough to follow this nicety. The relationship is then between host organisation and spintern. We ask that hosts inform ALL applicants of their status as soon as selection is made.

We will host a group Induction Day at the Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell on Monday 27 June 2016. This is an opportunity for all spinterns and their hosts to meet each other and hear about the breadth of opportunities there are within the sector, develop their own networks, and find other like-minded people they can explore ideas with in the future. This event has proved to be one of the most important opportunities for all spinterns over the past three years. The eight-week project can be carried out at any time during the summer vacation, by mutual agreement between spintern and host.

Spinterns are then asked to produce a short report in agreement with the host for presentation at the Showcase Event on 26 October 2016, at the Royal Society and during the Reinventing Space Conference. This event gives the spintern the opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve got out of the placement and show off their ability to communicate in a professional scenario, not to mention waving the flag for your organisation.

Interested?

If you may be interested in hosting a Spintern, please email k.e.bowden@reading.ac.uk. We welcome initial, informal enquiries – making an enquiry does not commit you in any way.

Frequently Asked Questions

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