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’. The time valuable experience of the work environment and an introduction to the skills that are crucial to a successful career.

The sponsor or host organisation will also benefit from the addition of a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation. There is also the possibility that the relationship will continue beyond the term of the internship.

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

SPIN also welcomes applications from individuals from all 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.