Unfortunately there are a limited number of gradaute schemes in this sector, particularly in publishing, journalism, advertising and PR. Many companies run internships and work experience schemes, so it is important that to gain a foothold in this area, you secure these early in your university years, gaining as much practical experience as you can.

  • Bertelsmann. The Gruner and Jahr Trainee Programme is an international trainee program that promotes management talent and entrepreneurial drive. 
This 12 month rotational program provides the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of how a magazine publishing house works. You will gain insight on the day-to-day business of advertising and sales, editorial, publishing, and general management and will quickly have the opportunity to work independently on projects within the magazine industry. There is also an opportunity for the post of Assistant Director to the Board of one of the divisions. This is a 12-18 month international programme and allows you to work on a series of strategic endeavours.
  • BBC. There are a whole series of trainee schemes on offer from the BBC. These include the Journalsim trainee scheme, trainee schemes in both production and design and the kick off sports reporter scheme (8 weeks in the summer). They also offer a Script Room where you can send unsolicited scripts. The Journalism Trainee Scheme is a years paid work as a trainee in one of the BBC newsrooms – in online, radio and TV. You will be mentored throughout by a senior BBC journalist.  There is no guarantee of a job at the end but they claim to do their best to help you find one. First and foremost you will need to be a good writer and communicator and able to write quickly but accurately to grab the attention of radio audiences. To gain a place on their Production Trainee Scheme, you need to have joined their Production Talent Pool (PTP) first. The PTS is a 12 month contract where you will be sent on three different work placements across the UK, in Radio and Television. You’ll be mentored by a senior BBC Manager, and by the end of the scheme you’ll have the skills to turn creative ideas into brilliant programmes. Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by the BBC HERE.
  • Cambridge University Press. They offer a graduate scheme that provides exposure to all aspects of their publishing business. 
  • Channel 4. They offer the Graduate Training Programme. It runs for 20 months giving you hands on experience in your chosen business area as well as a wider view of Channel 4 and the UK media industry.

 Additionally, you will gain a Creative Skillset MA in Creative Media Leadership. This will be gained through Skillset modules and credits gained from a real life project at Channel 4. You will be assigned a member of the Executive Team as a mentor to guild you through the programme.
  • CNN. They offer a range of internships from their London office. These include news internships in sport, current affairs, news desk, Interview Content Producing & guest booking and CNN Vision. The digital internships include motion graphics, digital video, digital features, digital sport and digital news. The internships are designed for recent broadcast journalism graduates or graduates from a related field seeking a career in journalism. 
  • Conde Nast. This is an international publishing team producing magazines such as vogue, GQ and vanity Fair. They have a graduate scheme for media sales executives. The role is based in the London and you can earn a basic salary of £26,250 plus bonus. You need to be ambitious and motivated with good communication skills and the ability to work to deadlines. Experience is not essential as the training scheme covers sales techniques and marketing theory, copywriting and face to face client liaison. You can progress onto management schemes from here providing a platform into a publishing career. 
  • Edelman. They are a global public relations firm offering an Apprenticeship programme for graduates. You get the opportunity to rotate round a number of different departments. They do not specify a particular degree. They have 400 people in the Uk based in London.
  • Grey London. This advertising firm offers their Blueprint scheme for those interested in breaking into advertising. It comprises 4 weeks internships (open to everyone, all year round) and an annual opportunity for a permanent position, which ususally opens in November. 
  • Hearst Magazines UK. Hearst is one of the Uk's leading media brands with 20 magazine brands, including Company, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Harpers Bazaar. They offer a Graduate Programme in Media Sales in the Classified Sales Department. Its a structured 12 month programme which will teach you about the magazine industry, develop your sales skills and presentation skills. You can go on to pursue commercial and publishing roles. Any degree discipline is welcome, but you need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, plenty of drive and determination and negotiation ability. 
  • Immediate Media Co. They create compelling content on platforms that enhances the way people engage with what they love.They are one of the biggest consumer media businesses in the UK and the third largest magazine publisher. They do not offer a graduate programme as such but have a 3 month period of initial training and introduction to the company and people.
  • IPG Mediabrands. They manage and invest $36 billion in global media on the behalf of clients, employ over 7,500 marketing communication specialists worldwide and operate  company businesses in more than 130 countries. They are the parent company for all of the Interpublic Group’s media agencies. no obvioud graduate programme on offer but are open to approaches.
  • ITV. They currently do not offer a graduate scheme, but take graduates as direct entry into their business areas. These include: TV studios, Broadcast & Online and Corportate Services. 
  • Fremantle Media. have been known to offer a 12 month rotataional programme. 
  • M&C Saatchi Group. They offer a ten week full time scheme which covers strategy, creative and production in all communications disciplines, culminating in a client pitch.They also set you up with a buddy, a mentor and creative godparents who will stay with you as your career develops.
  • News International. Their Graduate Programme is two years in length. Schemes exist within Advertising, Editorial in The Sun, HR, Marketing & Sales, Manufacturing & Operations and Technology. As a Sun Graduate you will spend two years working in different departments in London, Glasgow and Dublin as learning the craft of journalism in the following areas: News, Sport, Pictures, Features, Art, Bizarre, Digital, Sub-editing and Fabulous magazine. You will be allocated senior journalists as mentors and towards the end of the scheme you will be given an opportunity to specialise in the department of your choice. As well as a 2.1 degree, you need a qualification from the NCTJ or equivalent and must have obtained shorthand at 100wpm. As a Marketing & Sales Graduate you will spend two years working in; Brand, Marketing Communications, Customer Management and Retail, Online and Direct Sales. The two-year programme will give you exposure to the entire media, marketing and sales mix and you will have the opportunity to work across The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. As an Advertising Graduate for NI Commercial you will spend two years working within the different Advertising functions; Sales and Trading, Advertising Strategy and Business Services.
  • Ogilvy. There are ten companies in this communication group, covering PR, design, direct, digital, healthcare and advertising. They offer 2 fellowships for graduates: account management and account planning. The former is a 2-year programme, consisting of 5-weeks training, followed by two 1-year placements at Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, Ogilvy PR, Coley Porter Bell, or Ogilvy Action.  At least one of the two years will be spent at Ogilvy & Mather or OgilvyOne. The account planning fellowship is a 2-year programme, consisting of a 5-week induction and four 6-month placements in the planning departments of Ogilvy & Mather, Ogilvy One, Coley Porter Bell, Ogilvy Action, and Ogilvy PR. The account managment fellows will be recruited from their summer interns.   
  • Press Association. They do not offer a graduate scheme but provide training schemes. They offer a mix of formal classroom training, the environment of a modern multi-media newsroom, professional tutors and working with talented and experienced people. The programmes combine both formal tuition at the Press Association Training Centres and on-the-job experience across a number of areas of our business.
  • Shine. They are a top communications agency specialising in PR.  
  • Sky. They offer a diverse range of programmes in the following areas: Customer Services, Marketing & Media, Procurement, Finance & Strategy, HR and Technology. Within Marketing and Media there are then a further range of possible programmes including Marketing, Corporate Affairs & PR, SKY IQ Marketing, Creative & Digital Design and Betting & gaming Marketing. They are 1-2 years in length and consist of a series of rotations, usually four of 6 months each. The Customer Services Programme offers opportunities to join either Home Service & Supply, Change & Service Experience or Customer Operations. Within Finance & Strategy there are programmes on offer in Finance, Strategy, Betting & Gaming and IQ Analytics. Within Technology, you can pursue the Technology Programme, Sky IQ product or the Software Engineering Academy. All programmes consist of a series of rotations and are generally 1-2 years in length.

Learn more about Sky's assessment process and online tests HERE.

  • Spinkhealth. Spink is an established health and lifestyle PR and marketing agency based in the heart of Sussex. The agency has opportunities for work placements and graduate positions for students with a passion for the media and a strong desire to forge a career in the marketing and PR world. The work will be a mix of the following: creating innovative and exciting campaign initiatives for clients, liaising with broadcast, print and online media to secure coverage for household brands, organising media and opinion leader events and working with a team of creative and motivated PR professionals to deliver exciting campaigns and outstanding results for our clients
  • The Financial Times. Each year, the Financial Times (FT) selects a few graduates to join its editorial team as trainee journalists.
  • Thomson Reuters. The Reuters Journalism Programme is a nine-month program. Those who meet the performance standards will move to staff positions. You will be placed in one of the 200 newsrooms dotted across the globe, subject to business needs and language skills, and assigned a mentor to help guide your career. You need to have a journalism, economics, business or language degree.Fluency in more than one language is a distinct advantage. Arabic, Russian, Mandarin or German are particularly welcome.
  • TimeIncUK. (previously IPC Media). They represent 60 iconic media brands and create content for multiple platforms, across print, online, mobile, tablets and events.They offer graduate schemes in digital development, advertising sales and distribution. The later scheme is called Marketforce and comprises 4 main placements, each lasting approximately 7 to 10 weeks. These are in retail sales, logistics/Distribution and two other publsihing facing circulation teams. You will gain a thorough understanding of Marketforce and the magazine industry. Most of the graduates move into a publishing facing role at the end of the scheme.The Digital Development scheme provides placements in three distinct areas of Digital for six months at a time to develop front and back end development experience. You need a computing related degree. The Advertising Sales Scheme is within the classified advertising space where ypu will be accountable for new and regular business within your assigned territory.
  • Top Right Group. They are a media group who own EMAP, the magazine publisher, i2i Events Group, who are a global events company, 4C, a company providing data and intelligence to the retail, creative and infrastructure sectors and WGSN Group who provides forecasting, trends, analytics and intelligence information to a variety of sectors.  They offer a graduate scheme. 
  • Warner Music. Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry. WMG comprises an array of businesses aimed at helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success while providing consumers with music content. WMG is engaged in the recorded music business (including artist services) and the music publishing business, and is a leading company in national and international repertoire that operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Their graduate scheme kick starts with a year of intensive learning about the business and industry. After this broad foundation year you are progressed into a junior management position and key responsibilities are increased. 
  • Which? Graduates at Which? are encouraged to take on a variety of challenges in our different teams. The two-year scheme’s made up of four rotations, where you’ll spend six months at a time working on exciting, varied projects in different areas of the business. You’ll get the chance to work alongside senior managers on high-profile projects — whether that’s Campaigns, Policy, PR, Editorial, Research, Legal, IT, Operations, Marketing or Digital. They are interested in any degree discipline. 
  • WPP. WPP is the world's largest communications services group, employing 170,000 people working in 3,000 offices in 110 countries. They are involved in advertising, media and data investment management, PR and Public affairs, branding , digital, promotions and specilaist communications. WPP's Marketing Fellowship is a 3-year rotational multi-disciplinary program for Graduates and MBAs. The Fellowship is comprised of three one-year rotations through WPP companies, with each rotation chosen on the basis of the individual's interests and the Group's needs. They are looking for people who are passionate about marketing, have a rigorous and creative approach to problem solving, intellectually curious and work well in a loosely structured environment. 
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