Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Business & Support. If you’re interested in business, finance, research, broadcast technology and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Business & Support across researching, publishing and using technology.
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 Business & Support 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 Business & Support areas of the BBC 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 Business & Support areas of the BBC 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 Archives, London (over 18)
BBC Archives manage a vast multi-media collection which includes TV, News and Radio programmes, photographs, documents and sheet music. Successful applicants will make an active contribution to the department through defined projects such as cataloguing live events photos, screencasting BBC web pages or digitising today programme cassettes and quarter track tapes of John Peel sessions. There will also be opportunities to visit the Archive Centre; home to preservation and digitisation teams. Placements will be based in Broadcasting House W1 and/or the Archive Centre, Perivale.
BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 6 Music Business Team, Western House (over 18)
These placements offer an insight behind the scenes at two BBC Radio stations. You will be gaining experience alongside the Business Team who manage the staffing, training, health & safety, facilities, recruitment, payments, annual leave and ad hoc projects at Radio 2 and 6 Music. Knowledge of Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook and Internet Explorer or another web based browser is essential. Please note that this is a business & administration office based placement rather than radio production studio based.
Eastenders - Press Office Runner - Drama - Elstree (February & March only - over 18)
The press office runner will support the team on general PR tasks including monitoring and filing press coverage, general research, forward planning and helping with press inquiries. There may also be the opportunity to assist with publicity activities including events, talent interviews and photoshoots. The office is based at BBC Elstree Studios.
World Service Digital Archive Project (over 18)
The successful candidate will get the opportunity prepare text for archive radio programmes, which will then be made available on www.bbcworldservice.com. You’ll gain experience of writing for the web (incorporating optimizing SEO, tagging, using keywords and writing efficiently and effectively within a limit of 90 characters), as well as writing at speed. In addition, identifying programmes with editorial issues will be very important. You'll also be in a position to highlight gems from the archive - we'll bring these to the attention of the audience via online collections and social media. During your time on the Digital Archive project you'll listen to a lot of speech radio from the 1980s to the 2000s, covering world issues and events, science and technology and life stories.
Media Action – London based Africa Team (over18)
The successful candidate will gain an opportunity to assist with researching information for project proposal writing, to working with Project Managers in order to update our country capability statements. In addition, the person will work with Team Assistants to procure equipment, complete visa requirements, and finalize expenses for our country offices in Africa.
Media Action: Communications and Fundraising Team (January & February only - over 18)
We are offering the opportunity for someone to experience working in optimising the BBC Media Action blog (including fixing broken blog links to improve the website) and see auditing of the BBC Media Action website. You may also get the chance to experience working on BBC Media Action YouTube channel and BBC Media Action website. This is a great opportunity for someone studying visual communications or international studies, or someone who loves photography and wants to work in an international environment. This placement is for 4 days a week for 4 weeks – week commencing 11th January.
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.
- Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Various BBC buildings across London & Elstree
- Opportunities available throughout January, February & March.