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Working at the Embassy
December 7, 2022

Who We Are

The embassy is staffed by American diplomats and locally employed staff. The locally staff we employ is a very diverse group with very diverse jobs. We have employees from all corners of the world and with practically every educational background.

The U.S. Embassy is part of the U.S. Department of State. The Department of State promotes U.S. interests and communicates U.S. foreign policy to countries around the world. It does so by communicating with host country governments as well as with host country non-governmental institutions and with the general public.

The Types of Jobs We Offer

The types of jobs we offer cover a broad spectrum. It includes maintenance, purchasing and accounting, company support, public diplomacy, visa services, political and economic analysis as well as investigative work. We value independent thinking as well as the ability to work in teams. We also value professional and personal integrity, dedication, and a sense of humor.

The Work Environment

The U.S. Embassy offers a pleasant work environment where everybody knows each other and the tone is informal. We offer
competitive salaries, a pension plan, and other benefits. The embassy provides excellent opportunities to work in an international environment, deal with great colleagues within the embassy and outside, and achieve personal and professional growth.

Characteristics We Look For

When we hire people we look for people who demonstrate the following characteristics essential for being a successful member of the United States Embassy, Consulate, or Mission team:

  1. Composure and Integrity. To stay calm, poised, and effective in stressful or difficult situations; to be fair and honest.
  2. Cultural Adaptability. To work and communicate effectively and respectfully with others who are different (i.e. different gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, or religion); to recognize and respect differences.
  3. Change and Initiative. To accept change in the workplace; to accept work assignments and persist in their completion to a high standard.
  4. Experience and Motivation. To demonstrate knowledge and skills gained from previous experience; to express motivation for joining the United States Embassy, Consulate, or Mission.
  5. Information Integration and Resourcefulness. To absorb local and United States Government rules and regulation and apply them to work situations; to resolve problems using available resources and within the rules/regulations provided.
  6. Tactfulness. To speak and write respectfully as a representative of the United States Embassy, Consulate, or Mission.
  7. Planning and Organizing. To prioritize and order tasks effectively to maximize efficiency.
  8. Working With Others. To interact in a cooperative and harmonious way; to work effectively as a team player; to establish positive relationships.


If you think you would like to work at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, please visit our Job Opportunities Page frequently in order to stay up to date on possible vacancies. All vacancies are advertised for a minimum of two weeks.

It is also possible to become an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. There are programs for U.S. citizens and for non-U.S. citizens.

If you would like to know more about how the U.S. Department of State is as an employer and about the types of work done by locally employed staff at U.S. Embassies, please see https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/local-employment/.

If you want to know more about what we do at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, please visit the “Offices” section of this website.

Due to State Department policy, the U.S. Embassy cannot accept unsolicited applications or CVs.