Q4 Work Experience Opportunities in Northern Ireland
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.
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?
We're looking for applicants with a demonstrable interest in either Radio or Television programme making and broadcasting.
You should have good interpersonal and communication skills, be creative, adaptable and highly motivated. The ability to work well in a busy team is crucial. As well as needing an interest in broadcasting, candidates should have an awareness of BBC Northern Ireland and its local output.
Programme-making can be hectic and unpredictable and applicants should be confident that they will work well in such an environment. You should be prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas.
We welcome applicants from all educational backgrounds. Candidates do not need to have a media qualification to apply but should be able to demonstrate their passion and genuine interest in broadcasting.
We have placements available in the following areas:
Connecting with BBC Radio Foyle (3 day placement – open to applicants 14 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 (2 - 4 week placement - over 18)
Successful candidates may get to work with the various programme teams where they can contribute to the production of the various radio shows, come up with ideas, carry out research, conduct vox pops and possible interviews, and even get yourself on air.
Technology Operations - Belfast (14 and over)
Successful candidates may have the opportunity to observe the many aspects of support in broadcast technology including work in Maintenance, IT, News Operations and Technology Support Centre.
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.
- Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
- Locations - Belfast and Foyle
- Opportunities available throughout October, November & December