SPIN - Catapult - Space 101: Understanding the UK Space Ecosystem


Employment Type Internship
Location Hybrid · Didcot, UK Harwell, Oxfordshire (minimum 2-3 times in office a week)
Salary £4,000 (GBP)
Seniority Junior
  • Closing: 5:30pm, 23rd Feb 2024 GMT

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Job Description

Project Description:

  • The Space 101 project involves the start-to-finish creation of an educational module for the Space Enterprise Community platform. This purpose-built module will aggregate resources that the Innovation Services team has delivered (such as masterclasses and webinars), integrate a range of resources and bite-size learnings, and potentially include a public VR demonstration on the launch and operation of a satellite.

  • Ultimately, it seeks to provide a comprehensive educational resource and learning experience for a wide audience interested in entering the UK Space Ecosystem, including businesses (particularly those in the non-space sector and those working in the space sector without sector knowledge) professionals, investors, academics, government, students and graduates, and the general public. These training resources aim to promote the adoption of space by educating and reducing knowledge barriers, increasing accessibility to curated resources, and raising awareness about the benefits of space data and technology. The SPINtern will play a crucial role in this project, leading on content curation, technological implementation, and overall project development.

  • The successful candidate will be based in the National Capabilities and Clusters team at the Satellite Applications Catapult, and will have the opportunity to occasionally work with other business units to better understand their offering and requirements in terms of education and outreach. Additionally, they will work with external stakeholders such as the UK Space Agency and different space clusters across the country to ensure alignment the contents of the learning platform with the national space curricula and other educational initiatives, such as the UK Space Agency Accelerator, the Unlocking Space for Business and Investment programmes, and the Space Enterprise Investor Launchpad.

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Applicant Specification:

  • We are looking for a dynamic individual who has an interest in the space ecosystem, community outreach and online learning. The ideal candidate should have a blend of technical aptitude, creative thinking, and a keen interest in education and skills. This role requires someone who is organised, proactive, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

  • This role offers the opportunity to make a significant contribution to an exciting educational project within the space sector. The intern will gain valuable experience in content development, technology implementation, and project management, as well as an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the educational and skills landscape of the UK Space Ecosystem.

Minimum requirements:

  • Passion and enthusiasm

  • Enrolled in or a recent graduate of a university degree (applicants from non-technical degrees are especially encouraged to apply).

  • Strong research and analytical skills.

  • Excellent communication abilities, both oral and written.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a team environment.

  • Creative problem-solving skills and an innovative mindset.

  • Good organisational and self-motivation skills, and ability to manage multiple tasks in parallel whilst understanding critical paths.

Preferred Additional Requirements:

  • Prior experience or demonstrable interest in the space sector and/or UK Space Ecosystem.

  • Good understanding of online communities (for professionals, such as LinkedIn, or for students, such as the UKSEDS Community Hub) and digital learning platforms and tools.

  • Experience with online platforms, digital marketing, developing e-learning content or using educational technology tools.

  • Familiarity with the skills gap and the university and school space curricula.

Process details:

  • 8 weeks minimum fixed term contract to be agreed with successful candidate

  • In-person Induction Event to be held on 24th June 2024, and an in-person/hybrid Showcase Event

  • 5 days holiday to be taken during the placement

How we work:

We strive to create a high trust environment that enables team members to bring their whole selves to work – this helps to create the foundations of an innovation culture. Our shared values are critical to this:

  • We care - for our people, our partners, and our planet

  • We connect - and engage with people and ideas

  • We learn - and grow, as people and as an industry

Underpinning this is our belief in great teams, our combined efforts will always deliver outcomes beyond that of any individual providing we are honest through debate, experiment and reflect, and create shared resolutions in support of our purpose. Live these values, work to our principles, take ownership to deliver, and we are certain you will thrive with us.

This job description set outs the skills and experience we believe are needed to be able to do this job but, research also tells us women are much more likely than men to take this list of requirements as absolute and self-select out of the process. If you think you can deliver this role then we want to hear from you, regardless of the boxes you didn’t tick.

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