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Benefits to the student

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
  • The chance to apply the 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 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.

How to apply

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.

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 is encouraged at the SPIN Showcase to be held in the Autumn of 2020
  2. Completion of any relevant forms
  3. A commitment to perform the required tasks 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 organisation
  5. Participation and attendance at Space Industry Induction on 15 June 2020, at the Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell.
  6. Completion of project, poster and report, agreed with the host organisation before you depart the organisation.

If you have any questions regarding SPIN, please email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for frequently asked questions relating to SPIN

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