Work experience at BBC Wildlife

Please note that work experience placements are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. When placements resume, priority will be given to those who have had their placement postponed. If you are interested in a placement after this, you are welcome to send in an application. 

BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience placements for a period of two weeks throughout the year. Priority will be given to applicants with a passion for wildlife and a keen interest in magazine publishing. The minimum age for work experience is 18.

As part of the team, your varied tasks may include contributing ideas and writing copy for the website and magazine, research, updating directories, administration, and picture research.

The work placement provides an insight into the magazine publishing industry and an opportunity to work alongside an established editorial team.

Due to the high volume of requests we receive we cannot always accommodate specific requests. 

We do not offer placements during July, August or December. 

To apply for work experience, please e-mail Megan Shersby with a covering letter, which includes your writing experience to date and your interest in wildlife, three wildlife story pitches (see below), and a CV which includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Address
  • DOB
  • Your availability

For each of the wildlife story pitches, try to answer the following questions for each (no more than 200 words for each story):

  • How will we sell this story on the cover of the magazine?
  • What will it do for readers?
  • Which section of the magazine or website is this for?
  • Who will you need to interview?
  • What other research is required?

Work experience placements are exempt from the National Minimum Wage guidelines. We are able to provide £60 per week to cover daily food and travel expenses. 

If you are on a funded Masters or PhD program which requires you to undertake an internship as part of your course, please e-mail Megan Shersby to discuss a potential placement.