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Work Experience Opportunities in Northern Ireland, July - October 2019

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

Job Introduction

BBC Northern Ireland employs more than 500 staff, working across TV, Radio & Online. We produce a high standard of locally originated programme output across a range of genres, from News, Factual Documentaries and Current Affairs to Events.

You will get the chance to work across TV, Radio and Online in different genres and across various platforms.

Role Responsibility

These placements provide a taster experience of working within the BBC and broadcasting industry. It is aimed at individuals who want to work in the media and would like to find out more about the range of jobs potentially available. You’ll have the chance to see television and radio production first hand. You’ll spend time with those who produce and co-ordinate the content across TV, Radio and Online. You’ll learn from the specialists who capture and post-produce the content and the people who provide engineering and IT support across all aspects of programme making and transmission.  

The placement may involve spending time at outside broadcasts, single camera shoots, studio recordings or in edit or graphic design suites and will give you a great overview of the various aspects of both television and radio production. 

Please note that some days might start early or finish late.

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 Media 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 the Media industry and are prepared to, 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.

We have placements available in the following areas:


Connecting with BBC Radio Foyle (3 day placement – open to applicants 16 and over)

Successful candidates may spend time shadowing the staff working across various radio programmes in BBC Radio Foyle, from news to entertainment. Candidates may see the work that goes on behind the scenes and how each programme is produced.

Radio Foyle Production (over 18)

Successful candidates will get an insight into the newsroom and general programmes where they can observe the production of the various radio shows. You will learn about the various roles involved in radio production and how the teams come up with ideas, carry out research, conduct vox pops and possible interviews, edit audio, and even get yourself on air.


Newsroom Belfast (open to applicants 16 and over)

The successful candidates will receive an overview in BBC News NI’s busy Belfast newsroom, spending time with our Digital News, TV News and Radio Current Affairs teams. It’s an ideal opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Technology and Operations, Software Engineering – Belfast (over 18 only)

Observe a variety of Software Engineering activities including programming, source code management, project management, systems integration.
People would get the opportunity to see a range of tasks being undertaken by shadowing various specialists throughout the

BBC Studios - Belfast (over 18)

BBC Studios in Northern Ireland offers experience in the day to day running of the different programmes that will be in production at that time. You’ll get to see the full range of what it means to be a researcher in network TV and you’ll have the opportunity to get an insight and learn how the team research programme content, brainstorming ideas and edit programmes. You may also get to accompany teams on location.

BBC Creative – Belfast (October only – Over 18

The BBC NI Creative team deliver large numbers of high quality short form content. This placement is an opportunity to observe how that team turn written marketing briefs into television, radio and digital promotional content and will suit a person with interests in film-making, graphic design, advertising, audio production and copywriting.

BBC Marketing – Belfast (October only – over 18)

The Marketing, Communications & Audiences department in BBC NI is the voice of audiences to inform BBC strategy and the voice of the BBC to audiences in NI.  You will have the opportunity to shadow work across our 6 key teams – audience & strategy who provide the insight we need to shape our programmes and services so that they are what our audiences want, marketing who manage the portfolio of BBC NI brands, creative who produce the assets required to promote our programmes and services to our audiences, media planning who place those assets where the target audience can find them, the press office who promote and protect the reputation of BBC NI, and Presentation who play out BBC One NI and BBC Two NI and is the voice of BBC NI.

Radio Ulster Live and Continuous - Belfast (September Only - over 18)

The candidate will be given an opportunity to be in the studio gallery while flagship programmes such as The Stephen Nolan Show and The John Toal Show go to air. They will observe programme teams record and edit interviews for radio and social media. You will learn how the team use editing systems and you may get a chance to go along to an outside broadcast.

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, you’ll be asked to indicate your preferred placement in 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 duration3-10 days (dependent on the placement)

Location- Belfast & Foyle

Opportunities available throughout July to October 2019


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