Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
Opportunities available throughout October, November & December
Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.
During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.
The Ideal Candidate
What we’re looking for
We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.
We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.
We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about News & Journalism and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.
You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.
Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.
We have placements available in the following areas:
BBC Afghan- Research project (over 18’s only)
You will gain experience on a research project with the BBC Afghan Service, which is one of the BBC 27 language services. It broadcasts across Afghanistan and the region for 19 hours a day. It’s News and current affairs offering is in two languages – Pashto and Dari. You do not need to be able to speak Dari or Pashtu but should have strong research skills.
BBC Arabic - World Service (November - over 18’s only)
BBC Arabic is the largest and oldest of the non-English languages in the BBC World Service, with an established reputation for impartial, independent journalism. We are a multi-platform, 24-hour service available on TV, radio, online and via mobile devices. You will have the chance to get involved in making news and current affairs programmes, experiencing life in a very busy multi-platform international Newsroom.
Business and Economics News (over 18’s only)
These are two week placements with the Business and Economics centre which produces the daily business news. There will be a chance to work in online, radio and TV news.
News & Current Affairs London (Over 18’s only)
You will work with experienced production teams, gaining an insight into how programmes are developed, produced and finally transmitted.
The Forum (Over 18’s only)
A weekly ideas discussion show on the BBC World Service presented by BBC Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall. You'll get the opportunity to gain research and writing skills and learn about the role social media plays in this programme.
World Service News (over 18’s only)
You will get the opportunity to work with programme teams; contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. This is a great opportunity to experience working on live news programmes.
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.