Regarded as the sun of the Mexican solar system, Mexico City has a good combination of historic archives and contemporary underpinnings. Visited by thousands of people every year and bustling with locals at almost any time of day, Mexico City is by far the busiest city in Mexico. An internship in Mexico City is not only a great professional opportunity, it will also provide interns with immense opportunities for learning and personal growth, no matter what their field of choice.
Internships in Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America. It has a stable and inclusive economy, making it one of the richest cities in Latin America. Thanks its economic wealth, there are a wide array of internships in Mexico City, provided by both governmental departments and private organizations and companies.
Environmental Management. Foreign interns who are interested in creating community awareness about environmental issues and the impact of humans on the environment will have plenty of opportunities to intern in Mexico City. Many environmental internships in Mexico City will be focused on education and outreach for the city’s indigenous population. A passion for environmental protection and conservation as well as a desire to help improve local communities are essential characteristics intern’s must possess to be successful in environmental internships in Mexico City. Although experience in the field is not typically required, environmental interns with Spanish skills will find community outreach to be much easier.
Economics. Since Mexico is one of the largest economies in Latin America, the government is palpable in maintaining its growth in the long run. Hence, foreign interns who are inclined in economics are accepted in various types of government related internship placements in Mexico City. Economics internships will be a great opportunity for interns to gain firsthand exposure to the operations of one of Latin America’s top economies.
Social Work & Development. There are a number of social work internships in Mexico City, due to the city’s unfortunately numerous social problems. This type of internship placement provides interns with immersion into the local culture and experience working with the various ethnic groups present throughout the city. There are many different related fields that interns may be placed in as well, such as in public health and teaching.
Life in Mexico City
Since Mexico City is a melting pot, there is a spectrum of cultural sites and events that foreign interns will be able to take advantage of. After work interns can enjoy an old-school, traditional cantina or a wild and exciting party over the local mainstream DJs beats.
Mexico City is a relatively affordable place to live. There are cheap delicious foods available all over the streets throughout the city. Food stalls offer authentic gastronomic delights for an extremely cheap price. But authentic Mexican food is ultimately found in all areas of the city, including more expensive restaurants.
Public transportation costs will only be a minimal amount of your monthly budget too. Bus rides are especially low in cost. However, it is a blood hound fight to find transportation during rush hours. Chaotic rush hour traffic also means it can be hard to get from point A to point B on foot as well, since crossing the street will become quite difficult to do safely. In general, housing is also affordable, so it may be best to find a place to live near your placement (to avoid having to travel far during rush hour).
The weather in Mexico is appreciated by many people from all over the world, so most interns will find it is enjoyable to intern in Mexico City year round. The weather tends to be mild and “spring-like” for almost the entire year, except during a few months of “winter”.
Salary & Costs
Everything in Mexico is quite affordable, and that includes services and products in its capital city. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center costs around $500 per month. However, it is cheaper and just as easy to rent comparable apartments outside the city center for closer to $300 per month. Meanwhile, saving approximately $30 a month for groceries will be more than sufficient for most interns. Local food distributed through food stalls or served at restaurants will range in cost from $5 to $35, so it is up to each intern to decide what they can afford. For those who have to take a bus to their internship in Mexico City, a month of bus rides will likely amount to no more than $20 a month.
When it comes to payment for internships in Mexico City, prospective interns will be happy to know that most employers or placement providers offer a monthly stipend. Those who intern in Mexico City will typically earn a stipend of between $600 and $1000 a month.
Accommodation & Visas
Internships in Mexico City that last longer than six months will require that interns obtain a visa. Although interns will be required to fill out quite a lengthy visa form, the process itself is not all that tedious. It is important that interns secure an internship package, accommodation, and mode of payment for miscellaneous expenses before traveling to Mexico, since these are also required to obtain the appropriate visa to legally intern in Mexico. A Temporary Resident Card may also be required for those participating in long term internships in Mexico City, and it should be secured through your placement provider or employer.
Almost all internships in Mexico City offer competitive packages for interns, which typically include housing and other accommodation arrangements, such as meals.. Interns may be housed directly in the headquarters of the company or organization they are working with or they may stay in shared housing that is provided for all international interns. For those who want an even more culturally immersive experience while interning in Mexico City, there are also programs that promote relationship building among locals and interns through host family accommodation.
Benefits & Challenges
Over the past few years, Mexico City’s economy has risen significantly, as economic growth has become the government’s primary focus. Hence, those interested in interning in Mexico often select Mexico City as it supplies some of the country's best internship opportunities.
There is a rich heritage that is present through the city, and generally, Mexicans truly know how to celebrate their cultural traditions. There are festivals and holidays that are extravagantly celebrated throughout the country, and especially in Mexico City, so foreign interns will definitely be able to enjoy the culture that surrounds them during their internship in Mexico City.
Although interns will be provided with safe housing arrangements and internship placements with reputable companies and organizations, they should still be aware of their surroundings and avoid traveling alone at night as there are still significant issues with crime in some parts of Mexico City.