internship in mexico

How to prepare for an internship in Mexico

Going to Mexico for an internship represents a fascinating opportunity to discover a rich culture, breathtaking landscapes and a unique professional dynamic. However, such an adventure requires careful preparation to safely navigate this new living and working environment. Before you leave, take out health insurance adapted to international students.

Step 1: Finding an internship in Mexico

There are different ways to look for an internship. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t hesitate to send unsolicited applications to French companies operating in Mexico. Here is a list of member companies of the Franco-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CFMCI).
  • Contact former students from your university or school who have already completed an internship in Mexico.
  • To maximize your chances of being found, make sure your CV is in Spanish, with your availability dates and in the field in which you’d like to do your internship. Thanks to the CFMCI platform, your CV will be circulated to all member companies looking for trainees.
  • Consult specialized sites to find internships in Mexico
  • Or apply via the AIESEC international association platform.


Step 2: Applying for a trainee VISA

For unpaid internships lasting less than 180 days: formalities have been simplified for students wishing to do an unpaid internship in Mexico lasting less than 180 days. Students can enter the country on a simple tourist visa.

For internships of more than 180 days: there are 3 types of visa for internships in Mexico, depending on the student’s situation.

  • Unpaid internship visa
  • Student visa
  • Permanent visa

Step 3: Take out international health insurance

International health insurance is essential. Mondassur recommends Gold Student medical cover for young students under 35. This insurance covers medical expenses, hospitalization and situations requiring repatriation… This flexible, cost-effective offer can be adjusted to suit your financial requirements and specific needs.

In addition to the basic guarantees, consider assessing your specific health and safety needs. The right insurance is crucial to ensure that you enjoy this experience with complete peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to contact our advisors to customize your cover.

Step 4: Contact the Mexican Embassy in France

Consular section of the Mexican Embassy
Visa department open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
4, rue Notre Dame des Victoires – 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 86 56 20
Fax: 01 49 26 02 78

Stage 5: Familiarizing yourself with business practices in Mexico

Before you leave, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with Mexican culture, which can be very different from what you’re used to. This includes business practices, working hours, and the way we communicate. You can :

  • Read cultural guides and blogs about Mexico.
  • Watch Mexican videos and TV series to immerse yourself in the language and culture.
  • Get in touch with expatriates or students who have lived in Mexico to gather their advice and experiences.
  • Develop your professional network.

Step 6: Preparing your home

Finding accommodation can be a complicated task from abroad. Here are a few tips:

  • Use online platforms specializing in rentals for students and expatriates.
  • Check out Facebook groups or forums where locals and expats share accommodation offers.
  • Consider a shared apartment to cut costs and meet new people.
  • Check the proximity of your accommodation to your internship site and the means of transport available.

Step 7: Learn or perfect your Spanish

Even if you have a basic knowledge of Spanish, you’ll need to perfect your language skills to make your integration easier:

  • Take courses online or at a language school before you leave.
  • Practice your Spanish every day by listening to music, watching films or reading books in Spanish.
  • Participate in language encounters or language exchanges to practice Spanish with native speakers.

Step 8: Plan your budget

The cost of living in Mexico can vary considerably depending on the region and your lifestyle. Plan your budget taking into account :

  • Accommodation: rent, utilities, deposit.
  • Daily living expenses: food, transport, leisure activities.
  • Expenses related to the course: materials, transport.
  • Contingencies: always leave a margin for unforeseen expenses.

To avoid having to allocate a specific budget to illnesses, injuries or accidents, you should take out international health insurance. This will save you from the exorbitant costs of healthcare abroad. Get a free quote for medical insurance in Mexico today!

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