Media Internships in London

Media internships in London are competitive and can be hard to come by. This is because London is not only where all of the media in the UK is concentrated, but also a major international communications centre. This is where journalists want to be! London is home to the headquarters of many major television networks including the BBC, BSkyB, and CNN International. This London bias is also evident with both newspapers and radio stations making it the hub of communication in the UK. Where better to kick-start your career in media by finding a top internship in London?

Television

Major television networks such as the BBC, BSkyB, CNN International, ITV, Channel 4, and Five have located their main production centers in London. This city is home to the best and brightest in television, making it the perfect environment for you to learn about the industry during an internship. As to be expected, the world of television can be very hard to break into, and just like with most sectors, employers want applicants with experience. Therefore, finding an internship in media in London will really set you up for the future, no matter what area of television you choose to work in. Doing internships in broadcasting in different size companies, different countries, and different areas of television will turn you into an experienced, well-rounded candidate.

Radio

Similar to television, London is home to the biggest UK radio stations including Absolute Radio and many BBC radio stations. Radio contrasts with television in that it often functions on a local basis as well as nationally. London is the ideal city to work in if you are looking for an internship in radio because many of the best and most famous radio DJs and producers work in London based radio stations. Furthermore, because radio stations are more specialized and lean towards certain genres of music or current affairs you’ll be able to find an internship in something you are truly interested in. Genuine interest goes a long way in getting an internship and impressing your bosses once you have started – so find a station with something you’re interested in!

Newspapers

Interning at a newspaper in London will give you the perfect insight into this fast-paced, high-pressure industry. All of the national newspapers are edited in London as well as the two city-wide daily newspapers: the Evening Standard and the Metro. Journalism is one of the most difficult professions to break into, but the most important thing to do is to keep writing. Most universities have multiple newspapers and magazines you can get involved in, and you can even blog online. If you can present a comprehensive portfolio of work and demonstrate your skills, employers will be sure of your passion and ability.

Technology and the Media

Now is a very interesting time to work in the media. With falling newspaper sales and live viewing figures, and growing online readerships and anytime viewers, the industry is changing., This can be seen with the growth of online newspapers such as The Huffington Post. The media is constantly on the forefront of technological advancements, searching for new ways to connect with the public. Staying up to date with social media and new movements in communications will help you to become a valuable intern.

Being able to learn about this industry in a different city will give you an edge. Not only will you gain professional experience, but you will learn new techniques and approaches that will make you stand out in your home country.

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John Monahan

Before joining The Intern Group in 2014, John held senior positions in the investment operations field, including Senior Manager for Investment Application Services at Liberty Mutual (one of the USA’s largest insurance companies), and AVP at Bank of New York-Mellon. John holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Economics, which he earned while working full-time. A travel enthusiast, John has visited over 30 countries, and believes deeply in the value of international experiences as a lever for educational, professional, and personal growth.

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4 Comments

  1. Harry Demuth on March 29, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I am a second year student at the University of Chichester studying Film and Television Studies. I am interested in having an insight into the workings of a television company in London for the summer period as I live near London.

    I am very intrigued to see how a company that specialises in television operates and am particularly interested in meeting a producer. This was a role I enjoyed taking on during a university module called Filming Performance. I have very good communication skills, can meet deadlines and am used to working as part of a team on modules at University. I have had some experience on technical software such as Final Cut Pro through my course and other technical hardware through working with a free-lance Video Producer for a couple of days.

    I would very much like to have an interview please to discuss what options there may be. Thank you very much for taking the time for reading this email.

    • Kaylea on March 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Harry,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our TV & Film program. I’ll send you an email today with more information and how you can apply to have an interview with our admissions department. Make sure to keep an eye out for it!
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  2. Himani Tewary on December 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Namaste!
    I am Himani Tewary from India. Currently, I am in my senior year of my Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. I will complete my degree by April 2018. I have interned in many media house including radio and print as well as UNICEF (India.) I am interested in 2 months internship programme in media house of London to boost up my CV.
    I would like to know if I am eligible for internship programs offered The Intern Group and how to register myself for the same. Thank you.

    • Kaylea on December 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Himani,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our media programs in London. We have placed interns in many different types of roles in the field of journalism and media, including content creation, publishing, writing articles, print media, online media and more. I’ll send you an email today with some more information on how you can get started with an application.
      Best,
      Kaylea

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