At a glance
- Set yourself on a path to a successful career in business. You’ll gain valuable experience to put on your CV and learn about international business.
- Based at a consultancy firm, you’ll be guided by your colleagues and work with private companies, NGOs, and various government departments.
- You’ll live alongside other volunteers in authentic host families. Explore with other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers over weekends
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
18 or over
You need to speak basic Spanish.
Is a Business internship in Mexico right for me?
Are you a student looking for practical work experience in a business environment? Are you interested in getting that experience in different country? Then our Business internship in Mexico is for you!
You’ll work with professionals in one of several different areas, from finance to marketing. You’ll have a supervisor who’ll treat you like a member of the company. This is a great way to add hands-on work experience to your CV, and actively learn about the day-to-day work of a business. Your internship will also give you interesting points to talk about in an interview or application.
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join. Your supervisor will teach you what you need to know, and they’ll guide your work. You can also reach out to Projects Abroad staff for advice and help whenever you need it.
However, you do need to be at least 17 years old and speak basic Spanish to join. If you need to brush up on your Spanish skills, we strongly recommend doing our Spanish Language Course before starting your internship.
This internship runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time. You’ll need to stay for at least four weeks. We encourage you to stay longer to learn and gain more business work experience while in Mexico.
What will I be doing on this project?
At your Business placement in Mexico, you will be working alongside local professionals at a consulting firm. Your tasks will include:
- Assist consultants with cases and help review documents
- Learn about Mexican business and culture while working
- Improve your Spanish and even take a language course
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Assist consultants with cases
From your very first week on the job, you’ll be gaining first-hand business experience by helping local consultants with their cases. These are hugely varied and clients can include:
- Private companies
- Various government departments
If you have any specific field of interests, you can mention this to the firm. They might just have projects for you to work on that match your interests exactly!
Learn about Mexican business and culture
Our Business internships in Mexico offer you an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of doing business in a developing country. You’ll also develop your personal skills, like communication and planning, and prove your adaptability by interning abroad. Having this as a frame of reference will no doubt help you stand out from the crowd on an application or during an interview.
Improve your Spanish
For this project, you do need to speak basic Spanish. Most of your colleagues at the firm and their clients will be speaking Spanish throughout the day. Understanding what you hear will help you to keep up and communicate. This is a great opportunity for you to take your Spanish to the next level, and practise speaking as much as possible.
Where will I be working in Mexico?
As a Business intern, you will be based in the city of Guadalajara in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. It’s the 10th largest city in Latin America in population, area, and gross domestic product. It is also a strong business and economic centre in the Bajio region.
You will work at a consulting firm. Your role will include reviewing documents, process analytics, and standards implementation. Because we want you to gain as much as possible, the work you do during your internship can be tailored to your specific interests.
Apart from this, Guadalajara is also considered to be the cultural heart of Mexico. It is also the birthplace of mariachi music. It’s home to some truly spectacular architecture and a very lively art scene. So be sure to save some energy for exploration after hours!
What will a typical day be like at my Business placement in Mexico?
Throughout your placement, you are expected to be punctual, professional, and hard-working. You will be required to work an average of 35 hours per week, from Monday to Friday.
Your working day will normally start at around 8:30am, when the firm opens, and finish between 4pm and 5pm.
On your first day at work, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you throughout your placement. There will also be Projects Abroad staff on hand. Your supervisor will pick you up from your host family’s home in the morning and take you back again after work.
If you live close to the office, you could always pop home for lunch. However, if you do not, lunch will be provided at the placement.
Evenings and weekends are your free time to explore. Make the most of this by visiting local attractions and exploring your surroundings. Also, use meal times with your host family to immerse yourself even more in Mexican culture, and practise your Spanish language by joining in conversations around the table.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this internship is to give you practical work experience in a professional setting, and broaden your business knowledge. You’ll learn directly from business professionals, and benefit from their experience and advice.
As an intern, you can be a valuable asset to your supervisor, as you will be able to provide fresh insights. This can help with solving problems more creatively. At the same time it’s also a great opportunity for you to get exposure to different business practices and culture. You’ll have a deeper insight that will set you apart in applications and interviews.
Join us in Mexico and seize the opportunity to add practical and international work experience to your CV.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Guadalajara. They'll welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and learn about yours. This is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mexico and have a unique experience.
We'll try to ensure you live with other Projects Abroad volunteers or interns at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day. This is great news because nothing beats authentic Mexican food. Get ready to sample the most delicious tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
With beautiful beaches, arresting art galleries, and buzzing restaurants, there’s something for everyone in Mexico. You’ll have plenty to do during your free time on your project in this dynamic country.
There’s something captivating about touring through old buildings. If you’re into neo-gothic architecture, treat yourself to a trip to the Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento. It’s a work of art with its ornate steeples and glowing stained glass windows.
There are also plenty of museums, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the country’s rich history. For something different, you can spend the day appreciating the wildlife and lush vegetation of Las Peñas Ecological Park.
You can’t take a trip to Mexico without tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. You can spend an evening enjoying pozole or tamales at a local restaurant and watching the vivid orange-red sun melt into the horizon.
We have a host of different projects in Mexico so there’ll likely be lots of other volunteers in the area during your trip. So you can choose to travel and explore in a group or on your own.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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