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Work Experience Opportunities in London within Television, March - June

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

Job Introduction

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Television. If you’re interested in Arts, Science & History, Documentaries & Specialist Features, Drama, and Factual 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 TV Current Affairs and Entertainment

Role Responsibility

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. 

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 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:

BBC Three Content Team (over 18)

BBC Three in London is offering placements for talented individuals with a passion for creating content for 16-34 year old audiences – we are a team with a broad variety of skills producing content for digital and social platforms.  We are looking for different voices who represent our audiences, people who are passionate, determined, creative and keen to develop their career.  We have opportunities for content creators in short form and social first film, design, journalism, research, technical production and production management.  The successful candidate will get the opportunity to work alongside the teams developing and producing online content for BBC and social platforms.  Candidates should have some knowledge of BBC Three and its audience, be brimming with ideas & motivation and a good team player.  Successful candidates will gain a full understanding of the Digital production process, will contribute to editorial meetings as well as see how we produce online content.

Entertainment and Events (over 18)

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)

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

Factual London - History & Business (over 18)

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)

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.

The Met: Policing London (over 18)

The observational documentary series The Met: Policing London would be in its post-production period and the placements would be offering support to both editorial and production management team during the edit process.

Rogue Traders - Factual (March & April only - over 18)

The Rogue Traders team are looking for bright, pro-active and curious people to join the team on work experience.  You’ll find out more about what goes into finding and investigating the Rogue Traders that make it on screen.  You’ll meet the team who research companies and individuals, source props, transcribe rushes and, subject to production schedules, shadow the team whilst out on location.  We are a lively, fun and busy team who will make sure you get the best out of your work experience placement with us. 

TV Current Affairs, London (over 18)

CATV is responsible for a wide range of programming from landmark investigative series like “House of Saud: A Family at War” to international travelogues with Simon Reeve on BBC Two.

The department is also renowned for its hard-hitting output, such as “Is This Sexual Harassment?” and “R Kelly: The Scandal Continues” on BBC Three, and observational films for international strands: This World (BBC Two) and Our World (Global News).  Further information can be found on individual websites :  BBC Three, This World and Our World.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show (June only - over 18)

You will watch a live TV programme being broadcast and undertake some research work for upcoming films, projects and discussions. There may be the opportunity to accompany reporters on location work.

YouTube Team, BBC Studios (over 18)

Successful applicants will get the opportunity to work with the YouTube Team at BBC Studios, who are responsible for managing top franchises on YouTube such as Doctor Who, Top Gear and BBC Earth. Applicants will support the channel managers across a range of tasks that could include working with BBC Studios’ deep video archive, developing hands-on skills in YouTube optimisation best practices for search and discovery, helping to make video thumbnails, assisting with data gathering/analysis, working on research projects and also joining regular team meetings where we discuss content strategy, analytics and marketing campaigns. Applicants will also have the opportunity to see the results of your own work. The department encourages a diverse range of applicants to apply who are keen to learn more about digital video as well as how a world-class digital marketing department is run are encouraged to apply.

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 March, April, May & June 2019


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