Benefits to the student

"The firm I worked for is now supporting me through my MSc in Applied GIS and Remote Sensing. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for planning the internship scheme; I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for SpIN."
Hayley Mardle, 2013 Intern
"I really benefited from the SpIN programme because it gave me an idea of what companies the space industry in the UK are actually made up of, and what they do, something that I hadn't really known before. I hadn't even heard of RAL Space before I applied! The talks at the beginning of the programme were really great – not just informative but eye-opening. Having all those different companies and the Space Applications Catapult explain what happens in the UK space industry day-to-day was one of the most useful aspects of the programme."
Laurence de Bruxelles, 2013 Intern
"My [placement] has had a huge impact on my career. I'm going to be starting a MSc in Intelligent Systems at Sussex this September with a significant scholarship. I wrote a great deal about the [placement] I took last summer at RAL on computer vision systems for autonomous robots in my application and scholarship letters."
Emma Tattershall, 2014 Alumni

The job market can be a daunting environment. Being able to demonstrate the successful completion of a placement will help you stand out from the crowd. So what can you expect to gain from a paid eight-week SPIN placement with a space sector host organisation?

  • Insight into real-world working by applying skills and knowledge acquired at university within a relevant organisation
  • Learn what potential employers really want from graduate entrants, and an insight into commercially-focused research or projects
  • Opportunities to network and gain feedback from people with first-hand knowledge of working in the space sector
  • An impressive and relevant supplement to your CV including a reference

SPIN placements are open to those wishing to gain some experience of working in the space sector. We encourage individuals of all disciplines and from all academic backgrounds to apply. Some projects will specifically request applications from individuals with particular experience, however if you feel that you have the knowledge and enthusiasm to be successful you should consider applying.

How to apply

The 2016 programme opened in January 2016. Placement opportunities are posted on the SPIN homepage only as they arise, and are each be live for 4 weeks, so you should keep checking the pages for updates. You should then submit your application through the online form and attach your CV, clearly referencing the placement(s) you are interested in.  All applications will be checked for eligibility and forwarded to the host organisation immediately following the closing date.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within four weeks, whether successful or not. Applicants who have not followed the guidance will be deemed ineligible. Common reasons for rejecting applications include: failure to include contact details on CV! If you are in any doubt about the quality of your paperwork, please speak to your relevant Careers Office.

Checklist for applicants

Successful spinterns are expected to comply with the following checklist, regardless of the host organisation. Please read through this list carefully and make sure you are willing and able to make the commitment and follow through to the best of your ability. If you are unable to comply, you may find that you have placed yourself in a position not to be paid.

  1. Participation and attendance by host and student at SPIN Showcase to be held at the Royal Society on Wednesday 26 October, during the Reinventing Space Conference. Attendance will include an invitation to the Careers Event and evening networking reception (a fantastic opportunity to meet potential employers)
  2. Completion of any relevant forms
  3. A commitment to perform the required task as set out by the host organisation within the specified time scale, within the terms and conditions set out by the host organisation, and to the best of your ability
  4. Completion of security clearance or documentation as required by the host
  5. Participation and attendance at Space Industry Induction on 27 June 2016
  6. Completion of project and report, agreed with host organisation
  7. Participation and attendance by host and spintern at SPIN Showcase

If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please e-mail spin@reading.ac.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

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