Work Experience Opportunities in Northern Ireland

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 and Sport.

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?

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)

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

Radio Foyle Production (2 - 4 week placement - over 18's only)

You will get to work with the various programme teams, contributing to the production of the various radio shows, coming up with ideas, carrying out research, conducting vox pops and possiblly interviews. You may even get yourself on air.


Connecting with BBCNI, Belfast (4 day placement - open to applicants 14 and over)

This is an opportunity to spend time and gain valuable experience with the people who create, direct, produce and co-ordinate the output as well as the specialists who capture and post-produce it.  

Irish Language Unit - Belfast (November - open to over 18's only)

You may get to work with the Irish language radio teams preparing for the live show each evening gaining experience in research, setting up guest contributors and editing skills with the possibility of going out on location recording.

BBC Sport - Belfast - (November & December - over 18's only)

Placements are offered across a variety of areas within the Sports Department – you could find yourself working on projects which extend across television, radio and online.  We welcome enthusiastic candidates who have a keen interest in a range of sports - Football, Rugby, GAA and Motorbike Racing make up the core output of the department.  An interest in programme making is key element of this placement opportunity.

Technology Operations - Belfast (open to applicants 14 and over)

You 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.

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