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Benefits to the sponsor or host organisation

  • A bright, enthusiastic self-starter placed with you and your team for eight (or more) weeks
  • An injection of fresh ideas and enthusiasm, together with up-to-date academic knowledge
  • An opportunity to have a defined project or piece of work carried out, that you may not otherwise have resource for.
  • A chance to informally ‘interview’ a potential employee that could save your organisation significant recruitment costs

Placements offered through SPIN are unique. We seek host organisations who can provide a paid work placement with valuable ‘real world’ work and learning opportunities, and a chance to contribute to a defined, space related project. Competitive grants to support the employment of the SPINtern are available through the UK Space Agency. (link to be provided)

During the placement, SPIN will provide support enabling both host and intern to get the most from the experience. Your part in the scheme is to support and mentor the SPINtern during their placement providing them with the 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 have worked in, creating marketable products, delivering training to clients, frequently staying on beyond their placement to work on commercial projects or being offered permanent positions.

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 individual 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.


Each placement will be publicised on this website for approximately four weeks, commencing in January or whenever you send it to us (none will be accepted after the 4th May). All applications go through the SPIN office to ensure eligibility before being forwarded to the project supervisor for consideration / acceptance on closure of this period. Selection is through your own normal processes and hosts decide whether they wish to interview or not. 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 the SPINtern. Please let us know as soon as you have made an offer and it is accepted, so that we can manage other applications the SPINtern may have submitted.

The SPIN 2020 Induction Day will be held on Monday 15th June, at the Satellite Applications Catapult and we hope to stream the event to SPINterns who may be too far away to attend. 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. These events have proved to be one of the most important opportunities for all SPINterns over the past six years. The timing of the eight-week project should be mutually agreed between SPINtern and host, including participation in the Induction Day.

SPINterns are asked to produce a poster report and deliver a 2-minute presentation in agreement with their host supervisor for presentation at a Showcase Day to be held during Autumn 2020 (date to be confirmed). 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.


If you may be interested in hosting a SPINtern, please contact:

We welcome initial, informal enquiries – making an enquiry does not commit you in any way.

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