The Space Placements in INdustry seeks to provide project placements within companies and research organisations for those wishing to undertake a short-term 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, and all organisations will require people with business related skills. All applicants for Autumn placements must be registered PhD or MSc students or recent graduates (2017, 2018). You should also be aware that most organisations will not be in a position to support visa applications for short-term workers. 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.
Autumn SPIN scheme
More details of our Autumn 2019 scheme coming soon!
Summer SPIN Scheme
To start on or as close to the Induction Showcase Day in June 2019 as long as it works for both of you. In special circumstances, projects may be made available at different times of the year.
We will be holding a Space Induction Day on Monday June 17 2019 at the Satellite Applications Catapult to provide all our autumn/winter and summer SPINterns with the opportunity to learn about the activities of organisations across the sector. Additionally all SPINterns are expected to attend the Showcase Event, when SPINterns will prepare and deliver a short ‘poster’ report of their project and present a 2-minute elevator pitch. This will be held during the UK Space Conference at Newport, 24 September 2019. We strongly encourage both SPINterns and Hosts to participate as the skills and outcomes they will be able to demonstrate are highly sought after by employers.
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 held during the UK Space Conference in July 2019. 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 and produced 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.
All host employers are asked to provide the successful candidate 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.
The UK Space Agency
c/o The Satellite Applications Catapult