Welcome to Work Experience opportunities across the regions within Television. If you’re interested in Arts, Science & History, Documentaries & Specialist Features, Drama, 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 Natural History and Look East.
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, 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 we 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:
East Midlands Today, Nottingham (over 18)
A placement with BBC East Midlands Today is a great way to begin your broadcasting career. Your two weeks will be spent gaining a real understanding of news and current affairs across our four counties. Successful candidates will gain experience in journalism and story research, shadowing key members of the newsroom including reporters on location, studio directors and planners. You will be expected to arrive with story ideas and a desire to impress.
Look East, Norwich (over 18)
Successful applicants may gain an insight into the work of a busy television newsroom and see the production process through from start to finish by attending the morning editorial meeting, following a reporter out filming, seeing the piece edited and watching the live transmission from the gallery.
South TV News - Technical (16 and over)
The placement will offer an opportunity to gain experience in the technical side of television production, News and Current Affairs. Experience may include camera work, sound, editing, road cameras and satellite work for outside broadcasting and the gallery.
South TV News - Journalism (over 18)
Successful applicants will gain an insight into the work of a busy multi-media newsroom and be able to participate in the production process. There will be opportunities to spend time working to Senior Broadcast Journalists on various newsroom shifts, with particular emphasis given to those usually undertaken by newly qualified broadcast journalists. However, they will also watch the programme go out live from the gallery; follow a reporter; and watch the filmed piece being edited and prepared for broadcast. There will also be an opportunity to see how our online and radio teams work; and to contribute to our social media output
See Hear – BBC Studios Popular Factual, Bristol (over 18)
BBC Two’s long running magazine show for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people is offering a work experience opportunity for someone who would like to gain an overview in all aspects of the production process. During their placement the successful applicant may help with casting, sourcing materials and assisting with setting up shoots. We particularly welcome applications from people with knowledge of British Sign Language, as many of our production team communicate using BSL.
Antiques Roadshow, Bristol (over 18)
Antiques Roadshow is one of the BBC’s most popular programmes and can offer a work experience placement for someone who would like to be involved in all aspects of the production process. If you have an interest in doing work experience on a popular long running series then please apply.
Countryfile, Bristol (over 18)
BBC 1’s flagship rural affairs programme fronted by Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Anita Rani, Adam Henson and John Craven is offering a work experience opportunity for someone who would like to be involved in all aspects of the production process, in particular, casting, sourcing materials and assisting with setting up shoots. If you have an interest in doing work experience on a popular long running series then please apply.
Popular Factual Development, Bristol (over 18)
The Popular Factual development team create, develop and write ideas and content for a range of BBC commissioners across formats, features and daytime. We are offering a work experience opportunity for someone who would like to be involved in the development process. In particular, coming up with ideas, research, brainstorms and writing treatments. There will be opportunities to better understand the process of taking a kernel of an idea through to a fully development proposal and to understand BBC commissioning editors' interests.
Natural History Unit, Bristol – Springwatch (May & June - over 18)
You will gain experience directly assisting the wildlife production team, responsible for research for the live programmes and setting up short on site shoots. This is an incredibly busy series of live programmes that will broadcast in late May and early June. You will join the team for two of those busy weeks. You will also get a chance to undertake written research and communicate with wildlife scientists, as well as assisting the camera teams on location. We are looking for a real passion and expertise in British Wildlife, as well as a good technical grounding and the ability to work within a team
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Earth from Space (May and June only - over 18)
Earth from Space is using extraordinary satellite imagery to tell the story of life on our planet from a new perspective. During your two weeks with us you would help support the team in setting up foreign shoots, researching stories and find the best satellite images. This would give a great insight into what it takes to make a BBC1 landmark series. The successful applicant will have a great team ethic and attitude, be confident to pick up the phone and speak with scientists and potential contributors. A background in natural history or earth sciences would be useful.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Mountains (over 18)
Mountains is a three part series from the NHU following the animals and people that live in the great mountain ranges of the world - the Rockies, Andes and Himalayas. We are finishing filming and are now starting to edit the series. The successful candidate will gain experience with fact checking the scripts. You will also get the chance to watch a lot of Wildlife documentaries. This would suit someone with a passion for Natural History output.
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.
- Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
- Location - Various
- Opportunities available throughout April, May and June 2017