University intern programme for the space industry

The University of Reading has launched an innovative internship programme giving students a unique insight into the space industry.

The University’s Space@Reading unit is running the scheme on behalf of the space industry and has placed undergraduates from 22 universities into 14 space organisations in the UK, to carry out projects over the summer. A total of 48 candidates have been selected from 240 applications, receiving a prestigious eight-week paid position within leading companies in the UK space industry. During the placement they will also receive one-to-one career coaching from the University’s triple accredited Henley Business School.

Professor Robert Gurney, Director of Space and Earth Observation at the University of Reading, speaking on the space sector’s skills requirements at the UK Space Conference 2013 in Glasgow today, said:

“Space-derived data and services have already revolutionised capabilities in areas such as navigation and broadcasting and technology is now being developed that will play a vital role in the management of issues as wide ranging as natural resources, food security and healthcare. This programme offers a fantastic opportunity for students with an interest in space to pursue a career in a rapidly growing and dynamic industry.”

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