Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within Radio. If you’re interested in Radio Production, Factual & Entertainment and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for all the BBC's national radio networks and for the production of most of the classical and popular music across them including Radio 1, 1Xtra, and Radio 3
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of Radio across music, news, debate and entertainment. Our aim is for you to get an introduction to how local, national and international programmes are produced from beginning to end. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.
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 Radio 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 Radio 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 Radio 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:
Factual Central Planning – Radio & Music (over 18)
You will gain an over view of and experience in the Central Planning Unit research team who generate daily and weekly network radio output. You will assist with some paperwork and undertake some research for programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends; you will also act as an occasional runner to meet and greet guests. Knowledge, awareness and most of all enjoyment of R4’s daytime output will be a real advantage.
Radio 1 (open to applicants 16 and over)
BBC Radio 1 is the UK’s biggest youth radio station, home to presenters such as Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James and specialist genres such as dance and rock. It’s an opportunity to get a week-long overview of Radio 1 and depending on what you are interested in, that could include radio programmes, social media, marketing or Radio 1 iplayer. You will have a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms and to attend key Radio 1 meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about music and our shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential, ideas and passion are! We get lots of applications so try to make yours stand out, we love to hear from people with a lot of different interests and who are building their experience up in different ways.
Radio 1Xtra (open to applicants 16 and over)
Radio 1Xtra is the BBC’s digital youth radio station, specialising in Hip Hop, Grime, R&B and Afrobeats and home to DJs such as Charlie Sloth, Mistajam and A.Dot. This placement will provide a week-long overview of Radio 1Xtra, and depending on what you are interested in, can include time with on air programmes to online, marketing to visualisation. You will have a chance to contribute to research and brainstorms and to attend key Radio 1Xtra meetings. We are looking for people who can prove that they are passionate about Radio 1Xtra’s music and shows. If you have fun and creative ideas about how we can work with our audience and guests, and how we can continue to incorporate social and digital media such as Twitter, Youtube and iPlayer into our programmes, then you should apply. Radio experience is helpful but not essential, ideas and passion are! We get lots of applications so try to make yours stand out, we love to hear from people with a lot of different interests and who are building up their experience in different ways.
Radio 2, Western House, London (over 18)
If you want to find out how you combine News, with audiences and Music, the Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2 is the place to come. Here, under the guidance of a programme producer you will learn how to put together a radio programme, how to write programme briefs and what we are looking for when audience members call the show
Radio 3 (over 18)
Radio 3 is the home of remarkable music and culture. The successful candidate will gain an insight into how Radio 3 productions are created and have hands-on experience behind the scenes from attending live studios, location broadcasts, recording/editing sessions and general admin duties. An interest in music is essential, anything from classical, world or jazz.
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)
- Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
- Opportunities available throughout April May and June 2017