WHERE IT BEGINS.... Radio 1Xtra - 10 week Placement Scheme (London)


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Fixed term
Contract Details:
10 week placement
£21,216 per annum (Pro-rata for 10 weeks)
Working Hours:
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division:
Radio and Education
BBC Business Unit:
Radio - Radio 1 & Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network

Package Description

Applications for this year’s scheme will open on Monday 8th November and close at midnight on Wednesday 24th November

Assessments/ Interviews will take place on the 22nd December .

Job Introduction


  • Passionate about the music and culture of 1Xtra?
  • Already making your own podcast, broadcasting radio programmes, writing your own blogs or making and sharing playlists?
  • The sort of person who has a ‘get up and go’ attitude and can get stuff done?


  • Want to get hands on experience across all areas at BBC Radio 1Xtra, from music teams to programmes, to online and visualisation?
  • Want the chance to receive industry standard training from the BBC Academy?
  • Want a chance to share your creative ideas with programme teams across 1Xtra and the wider BBC?


Our paid 10 week internship will give you the chance to work across our shows and departments. You'll get hands on skills and experience at BBC Radio 1Xtra’s HQ.

Main Responsibilities

The placement period will take place between:

Monday 17th January – Friday 25th March

During your time at 1Xtra, you will work with multiple teams spending blocks of time in different departments and across a variety of shows. You will take part in meetings and brainstorms and complete a range of duties for production teams prior to and during live shows.

At the start of the placement, you will be set an 1Xtra research brief to prepare and develop across the 10 weeks. You will then present your findings and ideas to senior management at the end of the placement. This could be on anything, from how we use social media to comedy. We will give you creative and insight training to help you with this project. You'll have regular meetings with teams to develop your ideas.

During your time here you will also have a mentor. They will be a senior member of the 1Xtra team who will spend time with you every week to discuss how your placement is going as well as your future plans.

Hours across the placement will vary, as we are 24/7 stations and keen that our trainees experience and get involved with as much as possible. We are looking for flexible people who will be able to work weekends or alternative hours on request.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Be creative and brilliant, passionate about radio, black culture and music and everything that appeals to a young audience. 
  • Know about current music and entertainment trends.
  • Be into new technology and social media and will get how this is impacting on us and our audience.
  • Be 18 or over and available to work across London for the 10 weeks of the placement.
  • Be from any background, and any part of the UK. You don’t need to be a loud mouth! You could be quietly confident in your abilities.


  • Be qualified! NB. You DON’T NEED any qualifications or radio experience. Instead, show us that you have a big imagination and a genuine enthusiasm for exploring and building a career in the media.

You must currently hold documentation that gives you the legal right to work in the UK full time between January and March to be eligible for this scheme.

If you already have BBC paid experience then you will not be eligible for this placement.

Want to be the next DJ Target, Ace or Yasmin Evans? This is an 'off air' scheme, for people interested in careers in off air digital production roles. It is NOT a scheme for people interested in presenting or being DJs.

Please see attached documents for FAQs about the scheme as well as the application process.


About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. 

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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