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?
SPIN placements are open to registered students wishing to gain some experience of working in the space sector. We encourage students of all disciplines, from all academic backgrounds or year groups to apply, but would temper that with the advice that if you have only just completed your first year, you won’t be as useful as someone who’s just completed their third, and this is a competitive scheme. 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.
The 2020 programme will open in January 2020. Placement opportunities will be posted on the SPIN homepage only as they arise, so you should keep checking the pages for updates. You should then submit your application through the online form and attach your CV. 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 of the closing date, 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 CVs, and failure to check your employment eligibility! If you are in any doubt about the quality of your paperwork, please speak to your university careers office.
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.
If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please email. Katharine.Bowden@ukspaceagency.gov.uk.