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The European Space Agency estimate there are over 40,000 people working in the UK space sector, mainly due to Britain's involvement in producing large communication satellites. 

Information Resources

  • Airbus - European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. Various career opportunities including internships for current students in addition to international graduate schemes and PHD opportunities.
  • Catapult Satellite Applications - offers various projects for individuals to gain experience in the space sectors as a part of the SPIN scheme.
  • European Space Agency (ESA) - training and learning programme aimed at better preparing the future work force for the space community. Programme can lead to further support through scholarships to attend relevant conferences and support for other space-related opportunities.
  • European Space Agency (ESA) - internships, graduate opportunities, postgraduate funding and vacancies.
  • HE Space - specialises in personnel recruitment with an exclusive focus on space.
  • National Space Academy - information for those interested in space related careers.
  • QinetiQ - a defence technology company and one of Europe’s largest space system integrators. QinetiQ offer a ‘Year in Industry’, summer placements and a two year Graduate Development Programme
  • Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) - introductory opportunity for those considering employment in the space sector.
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) - internships, industrial year placements and graduate programmes in a variety of areas.

 Volunteering and other opportunities:

  • Alpbach Summer School - focuses on various aspects of space science and engineering through lectures and group work to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.
  • European Space Camp (ESC) - annual week-long summer camp held at Andoøya Space Center in Norway. (Maximum age for participants is 20). Participants have the opportunity to work on various aspects of a rocket campaign in addition to lectures and other activities. Alumni of the programme are able to volunteer to work on the organisation of the next ESC.
  • UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) - volunteer opportunities at outreach events or alongside staff and the Executive Committee. UKSEDS provides opportunities to gain insight into the sector and to work with space organisations.