Job Openings at the Embassy

Local Employment in U.S. Embassy Sofia


Locally Employed (LE) Staff provide unique skills in support of the mission of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. LE Staff are foreign nationals and other locally resident citizens (including U.S. citizens) who are legally eligible to reside and work in the country.

LE Staff are the continuity of our Mission. They provide the institutional knowledge, local experience and professional contacts that are so important to embassy operations. LE Staff personnel perform vital mission program and support functions. All U.S. Government agencies under the Ambassador’s authority depend to a great extent on the special skills of their local staff, often delegating significant management roles and program functions.View Page

Where We Work

LE Staff work in all sections (e.g., Consular, Public Diplomacy, Human Resources) of the U.S. Department of State as well as other agencies (e.g., Foreign Agriculture Service, Foreign Commercial Service) represented at our Mission.

Who Can Apply

Individuals interested in becoming LE Staff must be legally eligible to reside and work in Bulgaria. This may mean having a work permit, residency permit, or other documentation required under the Bulgarian labor law. Employment at Mission Sofia is based upon merit, qualifications, and equal opportunity.

Application and Selection Process

Mission’s policy is to post LE Staff vacancies on the embassy website. Each announcement provides a short position description, minimum required qualifications, closing date for application submission, other recruitment terms, conditions and procedures.

Applications that fail to explicitly address all requirements specified in the vacancy announcements will not be considered.

The Embassy Human Resources Office does not maintain an applicant database and collects applications when a certain position is open for recruitment and a vacancy announcement is posted. Applications submitted before/after the job announcement dates and/or not specifying the announcement code are not subject to review.

Once the application period is over all documents are reviewed for eligibility and against the minimum qualification requirements announced. The employing office short-lists the most qualified applicants, conducts interviews, and selects the best candidate for the position. All interviewed and tested candidates are notified by mail of the final status of their application.

U.S. Mission in Sofia provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.


Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights. 

Service is not creditable for leave accrual.

Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens

Position:                                Student Intern Computer Programmer

Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017   

Closing date:                         Until filled

Work Hours:                          Flexible work schedule (minimum 20 hours/week)

Section:                                  Sofia Regional Support Center/IT

Duration of Internship:         Duration to be determined on individual basis

The Regional Support Center at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is looking to recruit a student intern.

If you are a budding programmer who likes to solve tough problems;  you like working with people from different countries on a group project; you are interested in getting to know the world of embassies, international organizations and diplomacy; you are familiar with .Net, C#, CSS, JavaScript, or Git, make sure to submit your application.

Our teams use commercial cloud platforms to build innovative solutions to make government work smarter.  When you join our international team of programmers, we’ll help you build your skills on projects that power diplomacy across the continent. Take your chance and become a member of our team!

Qualification Requirements:

  • Present enrollment in a university with clear intent to continue studying through the time of the internship;
  • Good working level English language speaking/reading/writing ability;
  • Experience in a professional work environment (e.g. previous internship or clerical work) is preferred.
  • Computer programming – knowledge of one or more of the following: Microsoft .NET, C#, JavaScript, CSS, and Git source control.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative.

Eligibility criteria:  Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.  Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Bulgaria or Bulgarian students studying abroad are eligible for the intern program, including any foreign nationals who are legal resident students in Bulgaria. Applicant must be a student in good academic standing.  Applicant must have demonstrated the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.  Applicant should be able to provide a certified document from the educational institution that the student is enrolled.  If selected, the student must pass a background check and receive security and medical certifications before commencement of the internship.

How to Apply:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed above with specific and comprehensive supporting information. Interested candidates for this position must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae in English. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are collected at:

or at mail address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office

16 Koziak Str., Lozenets, Sofia 1408 // fax: (+359) 2-937-5231