The Space Internship Network seeks to provide project placements within companies and research organisations for those wishing to undertake a short-term summer placement within the space sector. It is recognised that all high tech industry sectors need STEM graduates in order to grow their business areas, and the space sector is no different. Through SPIN, the sector is ensuring that the brightest and best people are encouraged to focus their attention on space for their careers.
The scheme is open to individuals who are enthusiastic about working in the space industry. Whilst Aerospace Engineering or Physics are key topics to the ‘upstream’ sector, Electronic, Mechanical and Systems Engineering are also important; numerate and computer-savvy natural scientists and geographers are sought after in the ‘downstream’ or ‘satellite-enabled’ sectors. All applicants will have to ensure an appropriate working visa is in place prior to the start of the placement. If you are in any doubt as to whether you will require a visa, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website. We are unable to facilitate this.
Monday 27 June 2016 at Harwell for the Space Induction Day, and following completion of projects, at the SPIN Showcase Event. This event will take place on 26 October 2016 at the Royal Society, when students will prepare a short ‘poster’ report of their project and present a 2-minute elevator pitch.
The SPIN Showcase is an opportunity for the spinterns to demonstrate the work that they have carried out during their placement. They will present a short ‘soap box’ presentation which will be followed by a poster exhibition. The event will be on 26 October 2016 at the Royal Society, and will form a key part of the Reinventing Space Conference. All spinterns, with the support and agreement of their supervisors, are asked to produce a poster describing their work during their placement. If the work they are carrying out is sensitive, please contact Kathie Bowden so that a contingency plan can be put in place, although they would still be expected to describe the work in broad terms. This poster should be completed during the placement, and where necessary, financially supported by the host, either in the form of providing materials, printing or related costs. The Showcase will be followed by a careers event organised by UKSEDS and the Space Generation Advisory Council and the conference’s networking reception to which all SPIN students are invited.
All host employers are asked to provide the student with an informal review at the end of their placement, with advice on how they could improve their CV, and a reference for their CV if requested.
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