Space internships on offer now

Kathie Bowen from the UK Space Agency announced today:

There are lots of opportunities advertised on the SPIN website right now, calling for all sorts of different skills so please have a look.  There are also something like another 10 which will go up over the next month or so.

We, with the host organisations, are complying with government guidelines for remote working and social distancing and this is imposing its own constraints on what we can offer this year. 

We are being very flexible about timing and schedules around the intern and companies. All projects are prepared to at least start remotely and supervisors are putting good support programmes in place. I will be in regular contact with all interns as they begin and carry out their internships.

Our Induction day will be scheduled virtually and we are working around the developing guidelines to see how we can run our Showcase event

Its great to have something positive (and relatively) normal going on.

Really good news for students interested in space sector!

Find out more on the SPIN website

Internships for finalists available – apply now!

Through the Employ.ed in an SME internship programme the Careers Service is working with a number of small and medium sized organisations to offer exclusive summer internships to our students and recent graduates. There are two additional roles currently being advertised which we thought you might be interested in.

All internships are paid and are supported with match funding from Santander Universities. You must be in your final year to apply to Santander Funded internships.

Game Middleware Tester Intern – Mercuna

The aim of this internship will be to develop a test framework for Mercuna’s new AI vehicle and animal navigation software. Mercuna is currently developing a new cutting edge navigation middleware for the games industry.

Closing date: 23rd April

Apply now:

Computer Science Engineering Intern – Beta Bugs

You’ll be providing technical assistance and input within the colony, working with our Colony Manager to ensure that colony operations stay on track. This is a very important role since you’ll be assisting with building out the company’s internal operations and helping us develop great genetics.

Closing date: 26th April

Apply now:

The Careers Service is operating remotely so we can still support you remotely with your application.

We hope you are well at the moment – we understand this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone. We’re here to support you, and you can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, including how to get in touch with us, here.

Internships and Work experience team

The Internships and Work Experience Team

Summer internships for students & graduates

Employ.ed in an SME – The Careers Service is working with a number of small and medium sized organisations to offer exclusive internships to our students and recent graduates. All internships are paid and some are supported with match funding from Santander Universities. If the internship is supported by Santander (details in advert), then the internship is only open to final year students and recent graduates.  

Internships are being advertised on MyCareerHub from 25th March – 7th April .  

Find out more here  

#Employ.edinanSME #ExperienceWorks #SantanderUniUK 

Covid-19 statement 

The Careers Service is continuing to operate a service and deliver this programme during the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re doing this remotely, in line with University and Government guidelines and in the interests of your health and safety.     

We understand that the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic is causing a lot of global uncertainty and the situation is constantly and rapidly changing.  You might be unsure about making an application at this time, however the organisations advertising through the programme currently have every intention of hiring for their internship. However, as you can understand the situation is unpredictable and it is possible that this will have an impact as the recruitment process progresses through these uncertain times. For example, you might have a virtual interview and/or internship, or the organisation might need to postpone the start date or cancel an internship before hiring.   

The Careers Service and the organisations you apply to will keep you updated as far as we can.  

Careers Service Covid -19 information: 

University Covid 19 updates: 

Funding for summer projects

I have had quite a few recent questions around this recently so thought I’d highlight some key sources and thank my colleague Deborah Fowlis for her suggestions.

Some organisations offer small bursaries to enable undergraduates to work in research during summer vacation. Successfully applying for your own funding looks impressive on your CV. Your first step should be asking the School and your potential supervisor if they can access/apply for any other funding on your behalf.

The University’s Academic Affairs Scholarships Sharepoint site highlights the Research Council’s EPSRC undergraduate vacation scholarships but closing date is quite soon (20 March) according to the EPSRC.

As well as the EPSRC one, the Sharepoint site flags up the College Vacation Scholarships. Closing date 27 March. College Scholarships are good for summer research funding. Find a potential supervisor and write a proposal yourself (often with help from the supervisor).

The Wellcome Trust offers what they call biomedical vacation scholarships. Details here show that physics is one of the eligible degrees although success may be more likely for those applicants doing research with some biophysical/biological aspect or context. The Wellcome Trust also offer opportunities in science policy.

The Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarships is one to look out for. Closing date is past for this year but one to know about for next year

The Student Experience Grants from UoE are one-off contributions of up to £5,000 to support innovative projects that will “enhance students’ social, academic, intellectual, entrepreneurial, sporting or cultural development”. Summer lab research is eligible for funding (though you need to demonstrate the benefit to others) and any current student can apply. Twice yearly deadline

Finally, my Work Experience Resource for Physics and Astronomy students on MyCareerHub has more suggestions.

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and offers funded summer placements at its three sites including at Edinburgh

For some funders you need to be second year or beyond in your degree. The bursaries are administered in myriad ways – sometimes it is YOU who applies once you have found a willing academic, sometimes it’s the participating academic .Sometimes you will have to come up with your own research proposal, but the academic will usually be willing to help (if you ask nicely). 

There is advice on the process of writing research proposals on the Prospects website (UK centred, aimed at PhD candidates – just need to scale it down a bit for undergrad projects) and also the Northwestern University website (USA centred, but same structure, and aimed at undergrad projects).