Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Drama, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for all the BBC's national radio networks and for the production of most of the classical and popular music across them including Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 3.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. Our aim is for you to get an introduction to how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.
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 Radio 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 Radio 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 Radio 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:
Factual Central Planning - Research/Runner – Radio & Music (February & March only - over 18)
Working with the Planning Unit research team to generate and administrate items for daily and weekly network radio output; assist in some paperwork and undertake research for programmes such as Woman’s Hour, Midweek and Front Row; act as an occasional runner to meet and greet guests.
Factual Production Runner – Radio & Music (February & March only - over 18)
Opportunity to work in the Factual programme making area - in particular on two of the department’s daily live programmes, Woman’s Hour and Outlook, and its weekly programmes The Media Show and Loose Ends. You will get an overall insight into how radio productions are put together whilst actively taking part behind the scenes. You should demonstrate a keen interest in speech radio.
In-house – BBC Radio Comedy Production (January & February only - 1 week placement – over 18)
You will get a chance to gain experience of BBC’s radio comedy productions, working with both a Producer and a Production Co-ordinator. The opportunities will be focused on a topical show, but will include interaction with other productions to give the participant an insight into the various stages of the radio comedy production process including pre-production, recording, editing and delivering programmes.
Radio 1 (open to applicants 16 and over)
BBC Radio 1 is the UK’s biggest youth radio station, home to presenters such as Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and Greg James and specialist genres such as dance and rock. This placement will provide a week-long overview of the Radio 1 team, from radio programmes to social media, from marketing to Radio 1 TV; a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms; and to attend key Radio 1 meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about music and our shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential, ideas and passion are!
Radio 1Xtra (open to applicants 16 and over)
Radio 1Xtra is the BBC’s digital youth radio station, specialising in hip hop, grime, r&b and afrobeats and home to DJs such as Charlie Sloth, Mistajam and A.Dot. This placement will provide a week-long overview of the Radio 1Xtra team, from on air programmes to online, from marketing to visualisation; a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms; and to attend key Radio 1Xtra meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about Radio 1Xtra’s music and shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential, ideas and passion are!
Radio 3 (over 18)
The successful candidate will gain an insight into how Radio productions are created plus hands-on experience behind the scenes from attending live studios, location broadcasts, recording/editing sessions and general admin.
Radio Drama London (over 18)
Radio Drama London produces single plays, series and serials featuring new contemporary writing, dramatisations and classic texts – chiefly for Radio 4 and Radio 3. They offer candidates an opportunity to make a real contribution behind the scenes while gaining insight into how radio dramas are put together. An interest in literature and listening to audio drama is helpful.
Radio Drama London – Books Unit (over 18)
The Books Unit makes single-voice readings for slots such as for Book at Bedtime, Book of the Week, and The Essay as well as running Radio 4’s Open Book and Book Club, and World Service’s World Book Club. Placements run for up to four weeks and offer candidates an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the work of the team by researching and evaluating texts, and working with scripts. Time will be set aside for you to attend a radio recording. An informed interest in the world of books and literature and listening to speech radio is helpful.
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
- Opportunities available throughout January, February & March.