Apply for work experience

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Applications for work experience are now open for placements in January, February and March 2016. 

How it works

We have four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks. There are several categories of work experience available in each location. You can only choose one category in one location. There is no separate category for online work, but all of categories offer placements that have a strong interactive element.

When you choose your location and category and fill in your online application, we’ll ask you some questions about your interests and passion for your chosen placement. If you are successful, we’ll do our best to match you to a placement that’s right for you.

What can I expect?

Every work experience placement is different, but they’re all designed to give you the opportunity to make the most of your time with us. When you arrive, your Placement Manager will want to find out more about you and what you want to get out of your time with us. They’ll try to get you involved in the things that interest you most.

Remember that work experience is unpaid but it’s a learning experience and not a job.

How can I apply?

First you need to choose your location and category. Click on the links below to get full details of each one and apply. Remember, you can only apply to one category in one location, so make sure you’ve read everything carefully before you apply.

Please be aware that we receive a lot of applications for work experience and we can’t offer a placement to everyone. If you’re not successful this time, you can apply during the next application window.

Unfortunately, we can't offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates. If you would like some help with improving your application, you can get some great tips from the BBC Academy.

You can also follow @BBCRecruitment and @BBCTrainees on Twitter for events and tips about getting started at the BBC and in the media industry.

Where can I do my work experience?

We offer a variety of placements across various locations in the UK within the BBC. To find out more about the placements on offer in each location please click on the links below.

Choose your location and category to apply

  • London

    The opportunities here cover a range of genres including Arts, Science & History, Drama, Factual and Entertainment.

    Get involved with national radio stations like Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

    News & Journalism 
    Get first-hand experience of news production and the programmes produced by BBC World Service and TV Current Affairs. 

    Business & Support
    If you’re interested in a future in technology, finance, business or marketing, this is the option for you.  

    BBC World Service Future Voices scheme
    We’re running a work experience scheme based in the BBC’s World Service Languages and BBC News for bi-lingual people living in the UK.

  • Salford

    The opportunities here cover a range of genres including Children’s, Entertainment and Learning and Sport programming.

    Get involved with radio production at stations like Production, Drama and Religion.

    News & Journalism
    Get first-hand experience of news production and programmes including BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5Live, Newsround and The One Show/Rip Off Britain.

    Business & Support
    If you’re interested in research or archives you have come to the right place.


  • Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

    There are placements available in Cardiff, Wrexham and Bangor in Television, Radio and Online. To view these opportunities in Welsh please click here.

    Northern Ireland 
    We have placements in Belfast and Foyle in Television and Radio. 

    Find out more about getting work experience with BBC Scotland

  • Local offices in England and the Channel Islands

    We have many other Work Experience opportunities in areas across England and the Channel Islands. To see the local offices with placements available in Radio or Television, click on the links below.

    Offering placements across local radio stations which covers news items and current affairs at the heart of the community they serve.  

    Including placements that span a variety of genres such as Documentaries, News and Current Affairs and Documentaries.

    Business support
    If you’re interested in Events, Business, administrative skills and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

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