Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on August 31 that it is preparing to recruit intern attachés, with the aim of attracting more young people to the country’s diplomatic service.
The ministry hopes to bring young people on board who one day would further Bulgaria’s interests as ambassadors or as Foreign Ministry officials in Sofia.
The set of topics that candidates have to prepare for the exams is posted on the ministry’s website.
“The Bulgarian diplomatic service needs rejuvenation. In addition to competitions for apprentice interns, we are also considering a faster career growth for young diplomats,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva said.
The competition will be held by the end of 2017.
Zaharieva said that a trainee attaché would be assigned to delegations that come to Bulgaria for the events during the country’s presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2018.
“There are also many young people in our Brussels office. The idea is to keep them after the Presidency,” Zaharieva said.
In all, 15 young people will be employed by the ministry as trainee attachés.
Candidates who speak languages such as Albanian, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Scandinavian, Turkish, Farsi, Hindi, Dutch and Japanese will have an advantage.
The written part includes three parts. The first is solving a closed-end test to test the general culture, as well as a psychologist’s test. The analysis of an analytical essay on foreign policy topic from the issues of the published syllabus follows. The third part is the development of an analytical essay in one of the languages applied for.
The oral part of the programme involves responding to a question on a topic from the written part, as well as answering questions from members of the examining committee./IBNA