Mexico City
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Mexico City, Mexico

  • Summary

    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Mexico City, Mexico. On this program, you will:

    Undertake a professional internship in one of the fields offered at this location
    Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Mexican culture and history through an on-site course taught by Tecnológico de Monterrey faculty
    • Live with other program participants in shared residences


    Mexico City: May 24 – July 21, 2018

    Online Course: June 4 – August 10, 2018

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English and Spanish

    Two Required Courses:

    • IAS 196: TBD (3 units)

    AND your choice of:

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)


    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program<
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application • Five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent proficiency by start of program

    If you have not completed the required language coursework, you must submit a completed Language Evaluation Form within 14 calendar days from the date your online application is submitted or by March 2, 2018, whichever comes first. See Instructions for Language Evaluation.

    • If you have taken a Spanish course within the past year, ask the instructor of that course to complete the Language Evaluation Form.
    • If you are a UC Berkeley student and have not taken a Spanish course within the past year or are a native Spanish speaker, contact Ana Redondo Campillos in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at to make an appointment to complete the Language Evaluation Form.
    If you are a visiting student and have not taken a Spanish course within the past year or are a native Spanish speaker, contact a Spanish instructor at your home institution to make an appointment to complete the Language Evaluation Form. Once the form is completed, please have the instructor submit it directly to Global Internships.

    You must submit a copy of your language evaluation within 14 calendar days from the day the online application is submitted or by March 2, 2018, whichever comes first.

    You may submit the completed Language Evaluation Form in person, by mail, email, or fax to:

    Summer Sessions & Study Abroad
    Attn: Global Internships
    1995 University Ave., Suite 130
    Berkeley, CA 94704-5404
    Fax: +1 510 642-2877

    Please note that applications will be considered incomplete until the language evaluation has been submitted. Failure to complete your application does not make you eligible for a refund of the application deposit.


    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 2, 2018


  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.


    On-site Course

    Course: International and Area Studies 196
    Title: TBD
    Dates: May 24 – July 21, 2018
    Instructor: Tecnológico de Monterrey faculty
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent proficiency

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Your choice of one of these two online courses

    Online Course

    Option 1:
    : Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 4 – August 10, 2018
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None
    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.



    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.



    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level.

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy. Internships are restricted to the following sectors:

    Business Management 
    Communication & Media 

    Human Resources 
    Information Technology
    International Studies
    Public Relations
    Tourism & Hospitality

  • Costs

    Please note the fees listed below are 2017 fees. 2018 fees are forthcoming.

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $766 $766
    Total Cost $3,226 $3,886


    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.



    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $600
    Additional Meals $960
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,923
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,795
    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in a double room within a shared residence
    • On-site orientation activities, including an introduction to the Tecnológico de Monterrey campus, Mexican work culture, etc.
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee
    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship
  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 2, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 16, 2018
    Participate in Skype placement meeting with a member of the Mexico City Global Internships team March 2018
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2018
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-May, 2018
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Mexico City April-May, 2018
    Arrive in Mexico City May 24, 2018
    Online course begins June 4, 2018
    Last day of program July 21, 2018
    Online course ends August 10, 2018

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
    All dates are subject to change.