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Intern in Mexico

Do you want to join an abroad internship program to gain practical experience and make a difference in the world? Would you like to experience a dynamic culture in a beautiful setting while making an actual difference in the world? Have you always wanted to explore opportunities to intern in Mexico?

When you join IFRE volunteer in Mexico, you will spend your time learning about different cultures’ walks of life through this eye-opening experience. Throughout your time in Mexico, you will come to understand Mexican society and its social issues, as you will be working at the ground level with the local people. This will contribute to your global awareness of cultural values and local economies, which may change your own personal perspectives and help you understand others’ beliefs.

In Mexico, IFRE offers amazingly affordable and safe internship programs that vary from working with sea turtles to supporting orphanages to contributing to the medical field. We are happy to work with you to create an internship opportunity with any kind of program you are looking for.

IFRE invites you to join one of our outstanding internship programs today. Keep reading or contact us today for more information.

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Popular internship opportunities in Mexico

No matter what kind of project you want to take part in, we can create a program that will suit your needs. Please take a look at some of our most popular internship programs in Mexico below.

The Special children project in Mexico assists special and differently abled children and provides them with love, care, education and support. Children that the project works for are those who are suffering from learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and deafness among others.

This internship is especially recommended to those who have a specific interest in working with differently abled children, social work and childcare. Mexico internship program will give international students a basic understanding of how to handle and take care of children who are challenged.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

Interns for the Special Children Project are highly preferred if they have a beginner or intermediate knowledge of Spanish because it requires a lot of interaction in Spanish with the children. Though it is not a requirement, we suggest you take Spanish language classes to make communication easier.

Interns in Mexico required being passionate about teaching and taking care of children, with the willingness and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of an English instructor. They are requested to be flexible and patient.

Interns should be eager to teach and care for these children. The project intakes dedicated and adaptable interns who have interest and love for special children.

An Intern's Responsibilities

The Mexico Special Children Interns will be teaching and taking care of the children. The interns will primarily be an assistant of a teacher or a therapist in the project. They can also help the project-kids from pre-school to primary levels with different fun-learning and extra-curricular activities, spending time with them and giving them the love and support they need in different forms.

The Olive Ridley Turtles found on the beaches of the Colima region of Mexico have been threatened to extinction in the past few decades due to various factors like habitat destruction, overfishing, pollution, illegal poaching, poaching of turtle eggs and predatory animals that feed on turtle eggs.

These sea turtles are said to have existed 100 million years earlier than humans , but are now listed as endangered species. The turtle conservation project is located in the Pacific Coast of Mexico on the beaches of Colima region, where the you will be placed; you will be helping out in the project activities and efforts directed towards the conservation of these rare turtles.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific skills, experience, or education qualifications you must have to participate in this internship opportunity in Mexico. However, knowledge of Spanish language will be a plus point and highly preferred, as the project requires interaction with the locals working in the project. We recommend those who do not know Spanish, to take Spanish language classes to make communication easier.

You should possess a strong compassion for conservation and wildlife. Animal lovers are highly preferred!

An Intern's Responsibilities

During Mexico Sea Turtle Conservation Internship program, you will be expected to get involved in various activities like surveying suitable habitats, night patrolling, radio tag their movements, monitoring nesting activity in the incubation corral and releasing the hatchlings to the ocean.

You will also be responsible for protecting nests from any unwanted predators, cleaning and sanitizing nests and protect the hatchlings. Interns can also run and lead environmental campaigns and awareness on wildlife conservation.

Internship Program Fees & Dates

IFRE programs always start on Monday, so if you plan to intern in Mexico, you should plan to begin your first workday ona Monday. We will allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer and intern abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to intern internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time Internship opportunity in Mexico registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee is paid in the host country directly to your service project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The program fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in Mexico. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Mexico Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Accommodation & Food

teaching child program

IFRE manages living accommodations and food. As a part of your Mexico internship opportunity, you will stay with a carefully selected host family. You will receive three (3) meals a day. Prepared meals are typical of the Mexican diet. Occasionally, if interns are away from their host families during lunch, they may be required to pack their own 'to go' lunches, with food the host family provides.

Your host family is responsible for preparing three meals for you each day. If traditional Mexican fare doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to buy your own food and prepare it yourself.

Host family residences are simple and clean. Most of our host families are experienced with hosting international interns. Rooms may be shared with another same gender intern. Bathrooms are shared with the family. Toilets are ‘Western style’, yet often there is not always hot running water.

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Field Support and Supervision

Once you arrive to intern in Mexico, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Our staff will visit every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and interns are always welcome at the office. We recommend that interns stop by the office once a week, if they are staying/working in the local area, to give feedback on their home stay and project. Many minor issues can avoid escalation with a just little extra communication.

Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a substantial distance from our offices, then our local staff communicates by either email and/or phone.

We are available for you at the local office via email and phone for your entire trip. It’s our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy.

Academic Credit

You can earn academic credit for most term and summer internship projects in Mexico. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to YOU to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE.

Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Free Time

You will have free time for the duration of your internship program while in Mexico, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Mexico . It’s the time for self-discovery and learning.

Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

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FAQS: Intern in Mexico

Arrival and Departure

Once you have been approved as an international intern in Mexico, you will need to make travel plans to arrive in Manzanillo Playa de Oro International Airport. Please ensure that you send us correct flight information once you’ve booked your flight.

You will need to consult our country coordinator before leaving your home country. Please let them know whether your flight is on time of if there is a delay. Because an IFRE representative will pick you up once you land in Mexico, it is very important that you communicate with us as soon as possible if you’re flight is delayed by any amount of time or if you miss your flight completely.

When you depart, you will need to make your own travel arrangements as we do not offer drop-off service at the airport.


You need to secure a tourist visa in order to intern.

Depending on your Nationality, a ‘visa on arrival’ may be available in case of emergency. Visa extension is possible by visiting department of immigration if you decide you would like to extend your time in Mexico.


For travel to Mexico, the CDC recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Typhoid

How can I apply?

IFRE’s Mexico internship applications are straight forward: go online, fill out the program application, and submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a global humanitarian non-profit who has partnered with over 22,000 people and hundreds of local organizations since 2006 to facilitate outstandingly significant and incredibly safe volunteer and intern abroad experiences.

We offer the most affordable international internships in Mexico when compared with other organizations. We use the tax-deductible registration fee to support your experience and enhance local projects while the program fee gets paid directly to your service project.

In particular, when you intern in Mexico you will to create long lasting connections with your home-away-from-home host family, project coordinators, and fellow interns. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable during your time abroad, our unparalleled support staff will do everything they can to improve your situation and ensure that you have a good experience.

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