Work Experience at the BBC

Open for applications:

Introduction to Radio Operations – 1 week training course

Work Experience - The Russell Joslin Award Placement

For more information on the application process and when you will hear back regarding your application please scroll down.

Each year the BBC welcomes over 1,000 people in on work experience. These are two week opportunities for you to come and see how we work at the BBC. 

This is not a job or even a try-out for a job, but it is a way to get a better idea about what we do in the BBC across the UK and in every department – not just output teams. 

There are more people who want to do work experience at the BBC each year than we have opportunities, so we ask you to complete an online profile which allows us to find out a bit about you and why you are interested in work experience at the BBC.

We also ask you to express a preference about dates, location and business area and when we have this information we will try and match you with a suitable placement.  

Work experience is unpaid and we are unable to offer expenses. It is open to anyone aged 18 or over. We do have some limited opportunities for 16/17 year olds in some locations. Unfortunately, we can't offer feedback if you are unsuccessful in your application.

To find out more about working in the industry see the BBC Academy website and for new talent news and opportunities.

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Choose your location and category to apply:

  • London

    Television

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

    Radio

    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.  

  • Manchester

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

    Radio
    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 

  • Scotland

    TV

    Get involved with TV productions across Childrens', Comedy, Drama, Entertainment and Factual.

    Radio 

    Opportunities across various radio programmes, from Kaye Adams to The Quay Sessions. 

    News-Sport-Online

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

    Gaelic

    Get involved across Gaelic services including TV, News, Radio and online.

  • Wales and Northern Ireland

    Wales
    There are placements available in Cardiff, Wrexham and Bangor in Television, Radio and Online. 

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

  • Regions

    Television

    Work Experience Opportunities in Regions within Television

    Radio

    Work Experience Opportunities in Regions within Radio

The Russell Joslin Award Placement

This is an annual Work Experience placement at BBC West Midlands, in memory of Russell Joslin, a much-loved broadcaster and journalist in the region. It's an opportunity to gain a valuable insight into local and regional broadcasting, working with experienced journalists to learn how we find and cover stories from communities across the West Midlands. The placement will be based at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire but the successful applicant will also spend some time in our Birmingham newsroom with the teams that produce Midlands Today and our regional Online and Digital services.

Click here to apply

The Application Process

 

Due to the nature of programme commissioning and production, it is impossible for us to predict exactly when a placement will be starting. This means, that when you apply you might not hear from us for up to three months as we advertise nearly four months in advance. We understand that this may be frustrating but we appreciate your patience.

A work placement can start at any time during the month it is advertised. We do try to give as much notice as possible but unfortunately this can be as little as a week due to production schedules and logistics planning.

The BBC notifies all applicants of the outcome of any application(s) made and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity regarding this via email.