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. They allow you gain valuable work experience and transferable skills in a field you are 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.

ASPIRE

The Astrophysics Summer Program for International Research Experience is a 10-weeks summer program for students interested in astronomical research at the University of Amsterdam. It is open to anyone enrolled in a BSc or MSc in physics or astronomy.

ASTRON/ JIVE

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC offer a summer studentship for undergraduates in the Netherlands.

MPIA

Max Plank Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany offers internships to students (undergrads and graduates) for two to three months on a variety of astronomy topics.

DAAD RISE

RISE Germany is a database that offers different internships for science/engineering undergraduates studying at a British, Irish or North American University. The internships are for 3 months and offer a scholarship.

ESA Internships

European Space Agency offer technical internships at most ESA Establishments. Each establishment focuses on different project fields and has different deadlines. This opportunity is open to students in the final year of their BSc or MSc.

Young Graduate Trainees

This is a great opportunity from the European Space Agency mainly for science/engineering graduates. 100 different positions open every year that offer experience in the development and operation of space missions.

SURE

A six-week summer programme at the University of Leicester for undergraduate students enrolled in UK Universities. Projects are available in astrophysics, space science and condensed matter physics.

UTRIP

University of Tokyo Research Internship Program is an intensive research program for undergraduates enrolled in a natural science (or related) degree. 

Google Summer of Code

An internship offered by Google open to students of all nationalities. It is a great opportunity to work with an organisation on a 3 month programming project. 

LIGO

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory hosts undergraduate students for a summer internship at Caltech, Hanford WA or Livingston LA.

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. In addition, most universities offer summer internships for students so if you are interested in one, make sure you send them an email. Check spacecareers.uk for internship advertisements! 

Author

Theodora Varelidi Strati

Theodora is currently doing an Msc in Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.

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