Q3 Work Experience Opportunities across the regions in TV
- Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Various BBC buildings across the regions
- Opportunities available throughout July, August and September
Welcome to Work Experience opportunities across the regions within Television. If you’re interested in Arts, Science & History, Documentaries & Specialist Features, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for a large volume of TV including programmes such as BBC Look East and Current Affairs and Features South East.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of production. You could be helping with research, learning how a studio operates, working on outside broadcasts and in a live studio. You may get the chance to watch programmes go out on air and understand the processes for commissioning, producing, scheduling and broadcasting.
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 Television 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 we really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about Television 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 Television 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:
East Midlands Today – Nottingham (over 18)
Successful candidates may get to shadow reporters and correspondents, observe camera crews and video journalists gathering and editing material, see an outside broadcast and spend time in the gallery as East Midlands Today is transmitted.
Look East -Norwich (July & September only -1 week placement - over 18)
Successful applicants may gain an insight into the work of a busy television newsroom and see the production process through from start to finish by attending the morning editorial meeting, following a reporter out filming, seeing the piece edited and watching the live transmission from the gallery.
South East – Current Affairs & Features (over 18)
Successful candidates will gain experience in journalism and story research, sourcing on-air contributors, archive research, location filming and camerawork.
South TV News - Technical (14 and over)
The placement will offer an opportunity to gain experience in the technical side of television production, News and Current Affairs. Experience may include camera work, sound, editing, road cameras and satellite work for outside broadcasting and the gallery.
South TV News - Journalism (over 18)
The successful candidate will get the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of a busy TV newsroom and be able to participate in the production process from planning to transmission. There will be opportunities to spend time working with Senior broadcast Journalists on various newsroom shifts.
Antique Roadshow - Features & Daytime, Bristol (September only- over 18)
Antiques Roadshow can offer a three week placement from the beginning of September for someone to help with setting up this public facing event. To assist with event logistics, helping with publicity, some basic research, and travel to location to help with a recording to support production management, production and crew with hospitality, consent forms, and other general production duties.
Gardeners World, NHU Features, Bristol (July & August only - over 18)
An opportunity to gain work experience with Gardeners World, ideally the successful candidate will have proven knowledge and passion for Horticulture and a keen interest in TV production or journalism. You will need to be a good team player, with excellent communication and computer skills.
Harvest - NHU Features, Bristol (placement will run from 17 August to 11 September only - over 18)
The work experience placement on Harvest would give an insight into a busy topical production for BBC2 (3x 60mins), delivering in September 2015. The placement would begin during As Live filming and the successful candidate will have hands on experience, working with the Production Management team, booking travel and arrangements for filming as well as hands on experience on location helping support the filming teams and talent. There will also be an opportunity to observe the edit at our external post house. The successful candidate must have a keen interest in TV and our output and be an excellent team player with good communication skills as this will be a busy production.
Production Management - The One Show, Bristol (over 18)
The successful candidate will get an opportunity to assist in a wide range of productions. The successful candidate should have excellent organisational and communication skills. They also need to be able to prioritise and multitask. They need to be computer literate and have a real eye for detail.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Tribes/Gorilla Family and Me (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on 2 programmes (Gorilla Family and Me 2x60’ BBC2) in which Gordon Buchanan is trying to get closer to wild gorillas than ever before in the heart of the Congo and (Wildest Tribe 3x60’ BBC2) What can Gordon Buchanan learn about iconic animals from the world’s most extreme tribal people. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Weird Worlds (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on Weird Worlds within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, , as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol – New Zealand (over 18’s)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on New Zealand within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, in particular the New Zealand flora and fauna, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Changing Worlds (September only - over 18)
Changing Worlds traces 3 of the world's amazing habitats, which undergo the most extreme changes to their landscape. This is the story of how nature survives and prospers through this change in the Okavango Delta, Svalbard and New England. By September, 2 episodes will be in the edit, whilst one is in the middle of filming. this is ‘an office based placement using research skills to support the edits, helping to source information, fact check and possibly source archive. It will involve seeing the programmes being assembled and understanding the editorial demands of a series such as this.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - The One Show (July & August only - over 18)
The successful candidate will support the Natural History Unit One Show production team. A range of experiences will be offered but the main thrust of the work will be in researching and developing new ideas for One Show wildlife films. Whilst with the team experience of post-production, editing and filming are all highly possible due to the fast turnaround nature of our production. We're looking to people with a passion for telling great wildlife stories to a wide audience. A good eye / ear for a strong contributor will also be an advantage
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature (September only - over 18)
Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature is a children's wildlife series with bite! Naomi Wilkinson is justifiably nervous of anything that bites, stings or goes bump in the night. But our intrepid heroine doesn’t let her fears stop her – she proves that everyone is scared of something but its best to put your fears in the bin and get stuck in! We send her all over the world investigating potential Nightmares and we'd be looking for someone to come and help us research stories, animals and locations for series 4. If you love animals, adventure and kids TV then this is the placement for you!
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.