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 See Hear & Look North
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.
The Ideal 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:
BBC Three, Birmingham (over 18)
Candidates should have an interest in and knowledge of BBC Three content and its audience, be brimming with ideas & motivation and be a good team player. The successful candidate will gain a valuable understanding of how we produce content for our social media platforms, contribute to editorial meetings and also give us feedback on BBC Three content.
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, Cambridge (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.
Look North, Leeds (over 18)
BBC Look North is the most watched regional news programme in Yorkshire. This is an ideal work experience placement for candidates with an interest in regional news. During your time at Look North, you will watch packages being produced from research through to production. You will work with the planning team and may help research stories. You will spend time in the gallery, watching the programme go out; and you will also get the chance to go out on the road with one of our reporters or video journalists.
BBC Inside Out, Leeds (over 18)
This placement is based in Leeds, and is an opportunity for someone to gain experience with an award winning documentary department”. We make the regional current affairs programme Inside Out. We also produce one-off half hour programmes for regional audiences and occasional longer form documentaries for BBC2 and BBC4. You will be expected to work as part of a team, and we will aim to give you experience of the whole production process, from research and location filming through to the edit suite.
Look North, Hull (over 18)
A placement with the TV journalism team making daily news programmes. You’ll spend time with experienced reporters and correspondents, learning the skill of finding a story and identifying the best people to talk to. You’ll help to gather material for radio and TV programmes and the skills required to interview a whole range of contributors.
Natural History Unit, Bristol (over 18)
NHU Bristol is offering a work experience opportunity for someone who would like to be involved in all aspects of the production process, including, casting, sourcing materials and assisting with setting up shoots. If you have a passion for natural history and a good knowledge of wildlife, please apply
See Hear – BBC Studios Unscripted, 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 a knowledge of British Sign Language, as many of our production team communicate using BSL
See Hear - TV Production Admin Support (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 some of the programmes administrative tasks, supporting the team in the office, studio or sometimes on location and assisting with setting up shoots, booking accommodation and travel. We particularly welcome applications from people with a knowledge of British Sign Language, as many of our production team communicate using BSL.
Social Media Placement, Leeds (over 18)
A placement based with BBC Yorkshire’s Social Media Team. Learning how to spot what makes engaging, sharable social content; identifying subject matter, pitching and then potentially shooting and editing content for consideration for use on BBC Yorkshire’s social channels
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.
Springwatch, Bristol (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.
Unscripted Production, Bristol (over 18)
Unscripted Bristol is offering a work experience opportunity for someone who would like to be involved in all aspects of the production process, including, casting, sourcing materials and assisting with setting up shoots. If you have an interest in doing work experience on programmes such as Countryfile, Antiques Roadshow, DIY SOS, Flog It! or See Hear, please apply.
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 March, April, May & June 2019