The National Space Academy operates with a small core management team and as such does not offer work experience either through schemes or individually. For those interested in space related careers the links here may be useful for finding out more. Links on this page are suggestions for a starting point for researching careers and work experience and their inclusion here does not indicate endorsement by the National Space Academy.
Deciding on a career in the space industry can be a daunting challenge, due to the number of avenues and organisations involved.
Below is a list of opportunities and stepping stones that you can use to help make a decision about your future career.
The first and most important step is to study the subject/ topic you are most interested in.
Careers in the Space industry are wide and varied, and include Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Engineering, Geography, Business and Languages, Computing and Art and Design. They will require you to challenge yourself and think in ways you never thought possible.
You could spend your career building parts for spacecraft to explore the furthest reaches of our solar system, you could look at solving global and humanitarian crises with satellite data. You could even build your own business to resupply the International Space Station; or you could, of course, become an Astronaut.
Advice on careers:
UKSEDS - UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Work experience and internship schemes in the space sector:
Airbus Defence and Space (formally Astrium)
Further space opportunities for school children and students:
Senior Space School (for ages 16-18)– University of Leicester
Junior Space School (for ages 13-15) – University of Leicester
Space School (for ages 11-18) – University of Kent - Astronomy Weekends
Scottish Space School (for ages 15-17)– Strathclyde – University of Glasgow. A week long residential summer school– open to Scottish school student only.
Summer School Alpbach (Students and Graduates) - Austria
European Space Camp (for ages 17-20) – Norway - Andøya Rocket Range. A week long residential summer school held in Norway – Open to UK students, must meet requirements.