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Internship at the U.S. Commercial Service

Internship Opportunity at the American Embassy – U.S. Commercial Service, Sofia, Bulgaria

The U.S. Commercial Service is accepting applications from suitable candidates seeking experience promoting trade between the United States and Bulgaria.

What We Do

Our work pursues two key objectives:

1. To assist U.S. companies with their efforts to enter the Bulgarian market through representation, direct sales, licensing agreements, or joint ventures.

2. To assist Bulgarian companies in forming business relationships with U.S. companies by representing U.S. products, importing goods, or through joint venture and licensing arrangements.

Our office analyzes information on the Bulgarian market, facilitates contacts with local businesses, promotes U.S. products in Bulgarian marketplace, and advocates for U.S. business interests. We assist trade missions to Bulgaria and provide logistical support to U.S. companies holding product launches and exhibitions. The Sofia office works in a close cooperation with 4 other countries in the Southeast Europe region – Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary.

What Our Interns Do

Interns are given assignments that will provide exposure to a full range of our activities and services, and every attempt is made to give meaningful and hands-on experience where appropriate. Assignments may include the following:

  • Collecting and analyzing information for market research reports
  • Responding to enquiries from U.S. companies
  • Assisting in the preparation of trade events and trade missions
  • Assisting with U.S. Commercial Service fee-based programs such as the Gold Key Service, Single Company Promotion, International Company Profile and International Partner Search
  • Prepare presentations and marketing packages for upcoming trade shows in the United States in order to help attract foreign buyers (i.e., International Buyer Program)

Interns do not receive any compensation. No housing or any financial assistance is available. Before applying make sure you have arranged your accommodation in Sofia, Bulgaria.

To qualify, you must be:

  • A junior, senior, or postgraduate student during the semester you are applying for
  • Available for work of a minimum of 3 months
  • Able to work minimum 4 full days per week
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited American college or university and returning to education after the internship ends
  • In possession of a U.S. passport

To apply, please first check with peter.delin@trade.gov if there is a vacant internship position available for the period you want to work and then, if you receive positive answer, please send your resume, a cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Peter Delin to the e-mail or at the following address:

Peter Delin

Internship Coordinator

U.S. Commercial Service

U.S. Embassy Sofia

16, Kozyak Str.

Sofia 1408, BULGARIA

Tel: +359 2 939 5784

e-mail: peter.delin@trade.gov


  • CS Sofia event with Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sofia (click here)
  • Please see here the interview with Commercial Specialist Emily Taneva.
  • Interview with Senior Commercial Officer Thomas Bruns in Bulgarian.
  • Population: 7.3 million
  • Capital: Sofia
  • Official Language: Bulgarian
  • Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
  • GDP: $54 billion
  • GDP/Capita: $7.4 thousand
  • GDP Growth: 0.8
  • US Imports to Bulgaria: $32.9 billion
  • US Exports to Bulgaria: $313 million
  • NATO Member: since 2004
  • EU Member: since 2007