The Space Placements in INdustry scheme seeks to provide project placements within companies and research organisations for registered students wishing to undertake a short-term placement within the space sector. It is recognised that all high tech industry sectors need bright and motivated graduates, particular from STEM disciplines 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.
Projects can vary from organisation to organisation. It may be a piece of research or a small project that would otherwise not be done. It may be working as part of a team, or something more independent. The more time spent scoping the project at the beginning, the easier it is for the SPINtern to hit the ground running, and less support the host will need to provide throughout the project.
The scheme is open to registered students 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 are interested in those with AI and software engineering skills and will require people with business related skills. 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.
At least 8 weeks, but any length that suits the host organisation is acceptable as long as it works for both parties. NB we found during the pilot scheme that candidates completed their projects more rapidly than was anticipated, so it pays to have a supplementary role “in the back pocket”.
To start on or as close to the Induction Day on 15th June 2020 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 15th 2020 at the Satellite Applications Catapult to provide all our 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 (date tbc in autumn 2020), when SPINterns will prepare a short ‘poster’ report of their project and present a 2-minute elevator pitch. 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.
Yes, these are paid placements and our guide is £1500 per month which should enable the SPINtern to travel to their place of work, and potentially live away from home.
Funding will be made available through a competitive grant process and a link will be made available here as soon as the Call opens.
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. In 2019 the event was held during the UK Space Conference, the venue for 2020 has not yet been decided. 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 parties agree to abide by the intellectual property rights, security clearances and any required documentation as set out by the host of the placement.
The host will ensure that they meet all legislative and insurance requirements for hosting the student, including adequate supervision and training.
As soon as you’ve agreed the dates of the placement, please could hosts suggest a convenient date for Kathie Bowden to visit.
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.