The Space Industry Work Experience Program is a unique work experience program giving South Australian secondary school students personal insight into the space industry, an understanding of necessary skills and qualifications, and networking opportunities to inspire space-focused STEM careers.

Though short-term school holiday placements at local space companies and research organisations, students are given direct access to the state’s innovative space sector where they can learn more about the exciting opportunities across the hi-tech and high-growth space industry, which continues to expand and thrive.

The program is open to students enrolled at a South Australian secondary school who are 15 years of age or older.

The Space Industry Work Experience Program is an initiative of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC), in partnership with the Department for Education’s Advanced Technology Program (ATP).

Applications for 2021-22 round now open

Applications for the 2021-22 round of the Space Industry Work Experience Program are now open to eligible students.

Placements for round three of the Space Industry Work Experience Program, will be undertaken during South Australian school holidays periods between November 2021 to July 2022, with students to work alongside a mentor at an SA space host organisation for two to three days.

Placements are strictly limited and applications will close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

All applications will be assessed by an expert panel including representatives from SASIC and ATP. Applicants will be shortlisted for the positions and interviews may be required to select the final successful placements.

View application details and complete the online application form.

Become a host organisation

South Australia will require a highly skilled workforce to meet the growing needs of the state’s burgeoning space sector, and host organisations are in the box seat to showcase the expansive pathways and space roles available right here in South Australia, helping to develop and inspire the future workforce.

South Australian space companies or research institutions that can offer students placements exposing them to aspects of space industry, research and skills are encouraged to join as a host organisation.

To register your interest, provide details on:

  • student candidate criteria
  • nominated work experience student mentor
  • proposed placement availability for 2-5 days in school holidays between November 2021 to July 2022.

Submit via email to Dr Sarah Baker, Program Manager (ATP, Entrepreneurial Learning and Space Education) Student Pathways and Careers at sarah.baker@sa.gov.au

Students will have the option to choose from a number of leading South Australian space companies registered for the program, including: