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Q3 Work Experience Opportunities in London within News & Journalism

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service.

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. 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. 

Are you the right candidate?

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism 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 News & Journalism 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:

BBC Arabic (2 week placement - over 18)

The BBC Arabic Roula Ayoubi Work Experience programme offers placements working with our Radio or Interactivity teams, in our busy multi-platform Newsroom. You’ll need excellent written and spoken Arabic to be considered for this placement..

BBC Hausa Service (over 18)

The BBC Hausa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital (online and mobile) platforms to very large and audiences in West Africa and beyond. It has a weekly radio audience of 23 million and 1.5 million Facebook followers. Its contents are originated from London and Abuja, Nigeria.

BBC Urdu (over 18 - Fluent in Urdu

The successful candidate will gain experience working in a multimedia news and current affairs environment.  You will need to have an interest in international news and knowledge of fluent written and spoken Urdu and English to be considered for this placement.

BBC Vietnamese Service (over 18)

The successful candidate will gain experience working on the multimedia news and current affairs service for Vietnam, creating contents for and social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and Viber. You'll also gain some experience planning and producing the weekly Vietnamese Roundtable Debate from a BBC studio in London as well as interviewing UK-based young people for our online magazine.

Daily News Programmes - Radio 4 and World Service (over 18)

Where you could work with various programme teams, from Newshour, Newsday and OS on the BBC World Service, to World at One and PM on Radio 4. You’ll be expected to contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. A great opportunity to experience working on live radio news programmes. Evidence of interest in international news and knowledge of at least one foreign language a definite advantage. 

BBC Radio Specials, Millbank (over 18)

BBC Radio Specials is offering a placement focused on long-form radio documentary and feature making. Based in the BBC’s Political Programmes Department in Millbank, we produce programmes for Radio 4 and BBC World Service on a wide variety of subjects. Someone placed with us may be involved in researching stories, thinking through the editorial scope of documentaries, attending interviews, editing audio and preparing programmes for broadcast. They may also be able to work on the Radio 4 series Four Thought and FutureProofing.

BBC Live Political Programmes (September only - over 18)

A work experience placement at Live Political Programmes will include watching the Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Andrew Marr Show and Westminster Hour broadcast live. The student will go out with a reporter on a story, watch the filming and editing. You may get a chance to help research stories, fix guests and write interview briefs for the Daily Politics programme.

BBC Monitoring (New Broadcasting House, London - over 18)

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) monitors open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms on political, economic, security and media news through round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies. It is also provided to commercial and other clients.

A work experience placement of up to 2 weeks is offered at NBH in London. You will gain experience in researching stories on the News Desk or helping organise events and speakers with the admin and logistics team, or assisting the Business Development team. Knowledge of languages other than English is required, particularly Arabic, Russian, Persian, Pashto, Dari, Hindi, Urdu.  Knowledge of the media landscape in some of the countries where these languages are spoken would be useful, as would an understanding of social media platforms

Business and Economics (September & October only - over 18)

This is an opportunity to gain experience with the Business and Economics Unit which provides specialist coverage for all News and Current Affairs programmes. We are looking for candidates with particular interest in this area of journalism who will have the chance to work with our TV, radio and online teams both domestic and international facing.

Good Food Guide (over 18)

The successful candidate will love everything about the food world from cooking to going out and join the Good Food brand for work experience. We work in teams across the brand including print, digital, video and social. We work at a fast pace with daily, weekly and monthly deadlines, so you’ll need to be enthusiastic and up for chopping and changing what needs doing daily. During your time with us you may work in the office to research (content and pictures) and write small pieces of text, or help out in our test kitchen or visit a video or photography studio. There is also quite likely to be eating and drinking involved, from new products to recipe tests.

 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.

Package Description

  • Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout July, August, September & October 2018


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