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T
he British Embassy in Sofia is where I spent three and a half unforgettable months of my summer working
as an intern. My position was in the Political Section, which closely follows Bulgarian politics, maintains close
contact with political parties and politicians and, most importantly, lobbies for UK interests. I was incredibly
lucky to have landed a position in the Political Section, because it was a very turbulent time in Bulgarian
politics. What made the internship such a unique experience was the opportunity to meet with influential
politicians and actually question them about the dire situation Bulgarian politics finds itself in.
Every Embassy intern is given a project to complete by the end of his or her internship, thus in addition to
following the jungle of Bulgarian politics, I was tasked with researching Bulgaria’s parliamentary committees
and making recommendations to the Embassy on how to engage with them. This involved several meetings
with committee experts, with whom I discussed committee proceedings.
In addition, the internship allowed me to help organise the Queen’s Birthday Party (which every Embassy
around the world celebrates) and the 100-year anniversary celebrations of the British Residence in Sofia -
something that not every internship can offer!
The FCO offer extremely valuable work opportunities and internships that, firstly, allow you to develop as a
professional and, secondly, make a significant contribution to the FCO’s work.
Yoan Stanev class of 2006
Yoan Stanev in Sofia
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