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.


Advice on careers:

IOP (Institute of Physics)


ESA (European Space Agency) space careers page

UKSEDS  (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) careers page here 

ESA Education


Work experience and internship schemes in the space sector:

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Work Experience/Placements with STFC

ESA student placements

Airbus Defence & Space

Space Internship Network (SpIN)


Graduate Schemes:

Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium)

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Thales UK


RAL Space

Telespazio VEGA

HE Space




Thales UK


STFC Apprenticeships (Science and Technology Facilities Council)


Recruitment agencies for the space sector:

HE Space



Space Schools and residential Space Camps:

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.


Other links:

The Ogden Trust BLOGden

Women in Space

The Ogden Trust


PDF resources on space careers:

These may be of use to careers guidance professionals, teachers, or anyone looking for a starting point to research careers in the sector.

10 Top Tips to Help Launch a Career in Space

UK Space Industry - some example companies

Links for Space Careers Information

Work Experience for the space sector