Work Experience at the BBC

It's the eternal question: how do you get a job without experience, but how do you get experience without a job?

Work placements at the BBC - be it in a television studio, busy office or any other area of the business - are that missing link.

The BBC provides over 1000 Work Experience opportunities every year, right across the organisation: from Radio or TV to Business and Support.

They are your chance to use cutting edge equipment, make contacts - even see how well your ideas are received. Just remember to be professional and ask lots of questions. Most of all treat it like a job - and be proactive.

Choosing the right placement

We have several features on this site that we hope will be really useful to you in choosing which area of the BBC you’d like to work in.

The What We Do section is a great place to find out how the BBC is structured and learn more about which area of the BBC you could potentially find work experience with or work for in the future.

The Our People section is a database containing over 100 interviews with BBC staff and people who are currently on or have completed a work experience placement at the BBC. Have a listen to what they have to say as there’s some great advice and information contained in their stories. It’s also a good opportunity to see what the people who work in various areas of the BBC are like.

The Locations section gives a good overview where our offices and studios, productions and types of role that the BBC offers across the UK. This is a useful way to identify which regions you could apply for work experience in before you begin your search.

The Careers Hub is our online recruitment system which allows you to apply for placement, find out more about the BBC and interact with Recruiters, managers and existing employees.  The great thing about the Careers Hub is that it allows you to create your careers profile where you can:

  • Use your careers profile to promote your interests
  • Build a portfolio and upload content to showcase examples of your work
  • Apply for Work Experience placements effortlessly from your career profile page
  • Update, search and apply from your smartphone
  • Access to a wide range of videos, podcasts and tools to help you prepare for and get the placement you want
  • Connect with existing Work Experience, Trainees and BBC employees

You can create a profile quickly from scratch or automatically using your CV, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter profile. You can sign up today.

Help and advice

If you are successful in getting a Work Experience placement at the BBC, take a look at our hints and tips designed to help you make the most of your placement.

We have a dedicated Work Experience section within our FAQs. We hope most of your queries will be answered there.

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