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Benefits to the sponsor or host organisation

  • A bright, enthusiastic self-starter placed with you and your team for eight 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 of the future and that could lead to saving 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 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 have worked in, 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 Autumn 2018 placement will be publicised on this website for approximately four weeks, commencing in October 2018 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 hosts decide whether they wish to interview or not. All applicants should be notified either way, within 2 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 the office as soon as they have made their offer.

The nature of this call precludes our usual Induction event, however we will invite all these successful SPINterns to a combination Induction/Showcase Day at the UK Space Conference, in July 2019 in Newport. 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 eight-week project can be carried out at any time between now and 29 February 2019, by mutual agreement between SPINtern and host.

SPINterns will be asked to produce a poster report and deliver a 2-minute presentation in agreement with their host supervisor for presentation at the Induction/Showcase Day. 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:

SPIN Office

The UK Space Agency
c/o The Satellite Applications Catapult
Electron Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QR


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

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