Careers Advice

Internships & Placements

Internships are short placements within companies working on real projects. They give you valuable work experience and can open up doors for your future.

Internships are short (from several weeks to several month) placements with companies working on real projects. The allow you gain valuable work experience and transferable skills in a field you are a interested in. Many internships include a small stipend or salary. One of the major benefits is the ability to network with possible future employers and other people within the industry, and many companies offer previous interns graduate jobs.

How do I find an Internship?

SPIN Scheme

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for undergraduate students considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses.

The Scheme has been running since 2013 and continues to grow in popularity.  We always encourage enquiries from potential host organisations who have a short-term project (typically of eight weeks duration), and who would like to offer students the opportunity to gain new skills and an insight into their business.

The 2016 scheme is now open. More information on the SPIN page.

Organise your own

It is also possible to organise your own internships by talking to researchers at universities and companies.

Finding internships

Additionally, you can look on the website of companies that you want to work for, search key words for jobs you are interested in, go on graduate recruitment websites, talk to people at graduate recruitment fairs, go through your university careers service. Check for internship advertisements! 


Rob Garner

Rob is a PhD Student at the University of Strathclyde and Vice Chair of UKSEDS. He studied Physics with Space Science and Technology at the University of Leicester.

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