- Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
- Opportunities available throughout January, February and March
Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Television. If you’re interested in Arts, Science & History, Documentaries & Specialist Features, Drama, and 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 The One Show, Watchdog and Horizon.
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, and 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 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:
Arena (over 18’s)
An opportunity to work on in-house productions as well as co-productions and this placement will offer the chance to get involved in online projects and research.
Arts Development (4 week placement - over 18’s)
You will get the opportunity to research and write proposals for arts documentaries, contribute ideas to team brainstorms and you may also get to act as a runner on occasional shooting days.
Documentaries (over 18’s)
Working in the heart of one of our busy production teams, assisting researchers with finding potential contributors and filming locations; working in post-production by logging tapes and rushes. There may also be opportunities to support the team with filming on location.
Entertainment Television (over 18’s)
You'll work alongside the production team helping with basic research work, undertaking day to day office duties whilst working alongside the production runner. There may also be opportunities to accompany teams on location shoots.
Factual London - Arts (over 18’s)
Arts offer experience in the day to day running of the programmes that will be in production at that time. This will involve accompanying teams on location, basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, etc. Being interested in the administration and organisational side of production rather than the editorial side is an advantage.
Factual London - History & Business (over 18’s)
History & Business offer an opportunity to assist the production teams. This is likely to involve basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, and possibly accompanying teams on location. Being interested in gaining an overview of the production process is an advantage.
Factual London - Science (over 18’s)
Science offer experience in the day running of the programmes that will be in production at that time. This will involve accompanying teams on location, basic research work, running for the office team, transcribing interviews, etc. If you are interested in the administration and organisational side of production rather than the editorial then this may be the placement for you.
BBC Films (over 18’s)
BBC films offer an exciting opportunity to witness first-hand the filmmaking process and both the creative, business and legal side of production in the BBC.
Horizon (over 18’s)
Horizon offers an opportunity to witness all parts of the television production process from idea generation to filming and editing.
In-house - BBC Comedy Production – Inside No. 9, London (4 week placement – January only – over 18’s)
Inside Number 9 returns to BBC2 soon. This Work Experience placement will be studio based (location TBC), working closely with the Production Coordinator, Stage Manager and Runner during the Studio Rehearsal & Recording phase of the Production. Opportunities will include General Office Work, Running Errands and generally supporting the Production Team. Applicants should be confident, have a keen interest in Comedy and have excellent communication skills.
Storyville (over 18’s)
STORYVILLE is the BBC’s flagship international strand bringing the best in international feature documentaries to a UK audience. As a commissioning strand, our day-to-day work is primarily editorial and not production-based so you will not be “on-set”. However there will be opportunities to attend meetings, edits, shoots and screenings with members of the team. You will also have opportunity to meet with other strands such as Arena, and work with the Executive producer for Factual Acquisitions.
The One Show - London (over 18’s)
This is an opportunity to experience the varied facets of The One Show team, with our studio team and film team in turn. You will get the chance to contribute to every live show by working closely with our props department to source, buy and make props, in addition to looking after our celebrity guests and contributors, going on shoots with our film team and being on-hand and flexible to varying daily show needs.
The Sky at Night - (over 18’s)
You will gain valuable experience assisting in production on the day to day running of the programmes. An academic background or particular interest in astronomy is an advantage.
Watchdog Test House (over 18’s)
Work alongside the Production Team opening and replying to viewer correspondence, go on hunts for locations and potentially attend a film shoot and editing afterwards.
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.