Institute of International Education (IIE)

Mexico City | Mexico

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) Office for Latin America in Mexico City hosts a U.S. Department of State sponsored EducationUSA Advising Center. IIE interns work work in the EducationUSA Advising Cetner and assist Regional Educational Advising Coordinators with advising students as well as with administrative duties and managment of special projects. Stipend provided.

About the Organization

The Institute of International Education (IIE), the largest U.S. higher educational exchange agency, designs and administers more than 250 international exchange, training, and technical assistance programs on behalf of the U.S. and foreign governments, corporations, foundations, universities and international organizations. The Institute also facilitates exchange through IIE's headquarters in New York. IIE has also has regional offices in Chicago, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; and international offices in Bangkok, Budapest, Jakarta, Mexico City, and Vietnam. IIE conducts statistical and policy research to provide reference books and information services through U.S. and overseas educational advising centers.

IIE/Latin America works closely with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with other offices of the US Embassy in Mexico, in administering the largest U.S. State Department-supported EducationUSA Advising Center in Latin America, promoting U.S. higher education by offering comprehensive and objective guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access educational opportunities in the United States. As the main EducationUSA Advising Center in Mexico, IIE receives approximately 15,000 requests for information annually. It provides information concerning all subject areas at the high school and all higher education levels in the U.S. through its extensive collection of reference materials.

Job Description

The office seeks candidates for the internship program in two separate administrative offices within IIE/Latin America: the Scholarship Division and the Educational Advising Division.

Scholarship Division

The Institute of of International Education (IIE) Office for Latin America works with various foundations, private corporations, institutions, and governments in managing scholarship and training programs to provide Latin Americans with more opportunities for higher education and exchange. Currently, IIE works closely with Cargill, ExxonMobile, Rolex, and the Rockefeller Foundations, as well as with NYU Abu Dhabi on the promotion, selection and monitoring of scholarship across Latin America. Intern responsiblities with in the scholarship division may include:

  • Responding to inquires about IIE/Latin America scholarship program opportunities.
  • Managing contact database and statistical information about grantee cohorts.
  • Assistance in promotional activities.
  • Communication with university representatives and students.
  • Assistance in selection processes.
  • Conducting research.
  • Creating promotional and statistical analysis presentations.
  • Organizing orientation programs for grantees.
  • Program development initiatives including research and proposal writing.
  • Completing office tasks and working on other programs as needed.

The internship position within the Scholarship Division is open only to students current enrolled in a graduate program (or recently graduated with a Master's degree) at a higher education institution in the United States.

Educational Advising Division

IIE/Latin America works closely with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and with other offices of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico in administering the largest U.S. State Department-supported EducationUSA Advising Center (EAC) in Latin America The EAC promotes U.S. higher education by offering comprehensive and objective guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access educational opportunities in the United States. Intern responsibilities may include:

  • Advise the general public and Mexican institutions about educational opportunities in the United States.
  • Conduct research on specific topics related to US study for use within the advising center.
  • Support students interested in studying in the US through personalized advising sessions.
  • Foster communication with students.
  • Revise and deliver PowerPoint presentations about US study at public information sessions.
  • Manage event promotion and registration.
  • Provide updated center information for various advising related websites.

The internship with the Educational Advising Division is open students who have completed at least three years of undergraduate education at a U.S. university, or have recently graduated (with an undergraduate degree) or are enrolled in a graduate program. Qualified applicants are suggested to have the skills as described in the qualifications section.

# of Positions per term

1-3

Start Dates

Early September, Early January, Early June

Duration of Internship

3-6 months; 6 months preferred

Academic Background

Open to all majors; undergraduate and graduate students who desire to work in international education or work with the U.S. Department of State. Preference given to students who have completed their undergraduate degree.

Skills/Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong writing skills in English, preferably Spanish as well.
  • Personal maturity as demonstrated by the ability to receive instruction and work on projects with limited supervision in a fast paced environment. Self-direction is essential, as is the ability to work with a small team. Must also feel comfortable working in a shared office space.
  • Problem solving, leadership skills, and flexibility in responding to changing priorities.
  • Intermediate skills in software applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Previous participation in a study-abroad program or other international experience. The ability to adapt to and benefit from a new cultural experience.
  • Professional experience in a public service office, preferably working with high school or college students.
  • Demonstrated interest in international education and Latin America. General knowledge of Mexican history and culture. Interns are encouraged to keep abreast of current political, economic, educational, and social events in Mexico.
  • Intermediate skills in Outlook and Access software applications, and social media.

    Language Ability

    The ability to communicate competently in both English and Spanish, intercultural competence.

    Other Requirements

    Interest in interaction with the public. Self -direction is essential. IIE will provide training for assigned duties. IIE will conduct a phone interview in Spanish with any serious candidates. Dress code is professional and conservative.

    Should you be approved by IE3 for referral to this site, the additional application materials are required and may include:

    • Additional essay
    • IIE application form (provided by the IE3 Latin America Director)

Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator and currency converter.
ALL ESTIMATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

IE3 Program Fee

The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

Expense Type Price
International Travel $600-$700
Visa Fees
Recommended Immunizations

*See Additional Cost Information below.

Estimated Monthly Expenses

Expense Type Price/month
Housing $300-$400
Food $150
Local Transportation $75
Recreation $75
Personal Expenses $50

Compensation

None.

Additional Expense Information

Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator.

No accommodation provided, but some assistance given in finding appropriate housing. Rent for a room in an apartment building runs approx. $300-$400 per month. IIE can arrange a hotel reservation nearby for the first few days until the intern finds housing (cost $40/night). Look for housing on craigslist or segundamano or CompartoDepa in the neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma, or Roma Norte.

This is a competitive internship - it is recommended that students compete the application and on-campus interview by the IE3 Global Internships application deadline.

  • Fall Session (early September to mid-December)

  • Spring Session (early-January to late-May)

  • Summer Session (early-June to late-August)

Students are generally notified of placement by the following dates:

  • Fall Session -July 15

  • Winter/Spring Session - November 15

  • Summer Session - April 15

IIE internship page on website

Previous interns final reports:

Megan_Rice

Lisa

Megan_Lewis

Previous intern's photo slideshow: IIE.pdf