Careers Links

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.


Careers Choices: 

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:

UK Space Agency

IOP (Institute of Physics)


ESA (European Space Agency) space careers page

UKSEDS -  UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space


Work experience and internship schemes in the space sector:

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Work Experience/Placements with STFC

ESA student placements

IoP Top 40 work experience scheme for undergraduates

Airbus Defence & Space

European Space Agency

Space Internship Network (SpIN)


Graduate Schemes:

Airbus Defence and Space (formally Astrium)

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Thales UK


RAL Space

Telespazio VEGA

HE Space


Further space opportunities for school children and students:

UK Space Agency Opportunities for Students

ESA Education


Space Schools:

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


Space Camps:

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.


Further information about physicists and physics careers:

The Ogden Trust BLOGden


Women in Space resource:

Women in Space


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