Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN)

Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN)

Internship 8 weeks UK Wide, UK

Uploaded 27 Apr 2020

Job Description

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for those 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 is managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The value of practical experience in the workplace has long been recognised to offer benefits to the spintern, providing valuable experience of the work environment and the skills that are crucial to a successful career, and benefits to the sponsor or host organisation who can identify a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation and possibly provide an informal extended interview of a potential employee.

What is SPIN?

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.

SPINtern Benefits

  • A paid work placement that will give you a very tangible experience to add to your CV
  • Unique induction event which will give you a perspective of the active and vibrant space sector in the UK
  • Showcase event which will enable you to promote yourself and the skills you’ve learnt to a wider community of potential employers
  • Learn first-hand the skills that employers really want
  • All SPINterns hosted by companies new to the scheme will be visited by a manager of the SPIN scheme during their placements, and all students are encouraged to engage with the scheme manager throughout and after their placement.

Will the SPINterns be paid?

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.

Open Positions:

IR Cubesat Electronics Design and Test - University of Bristol - Bristol, UK - 21/05/2020

Earth Blox: Back End Functionality for Planetary-Scale Space Data Analyses - Quosient Ltd. - Remote - 27/05/2020

Development of Satellite Orbital Flight Simulator - Magdrive - Westcott Venture Park, Buckinghamshire - 29/05/2020

Market research of novel satellite remote sensing - Space Talos Ltd - Hackney, London - 09/06/2020

SeaUrchin: Development of performance sensor feedback for wearable surf tracker - Kittiwake Labs Ltd - Porthtowan / Redruth, UK (possibility to work remotely) - 10/06/2020

Space Forge Engineering Internship - Space Forge Ltd. - Newport UK / Remote Working - 15/06/2020

Xenon Transfer Monitoring Panel - European Astrotech Ltd - Westcott Venture Park, UK - 15/06/2020

Person Specification

We welcome applications from registered students from any disciplines who are enthusiastic to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they’ve acquired in their studies to date.

Please note: You must be a registered student at the time of applying. For more information on eligibility, please see the SPIN website.

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. 

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.

Please see each individual job application for specific required skills.