Kukulcan | Spanish Language School

Internships in Mexico

Learn Spanish while gaining career experience abroad.

These innovative Spanish 'hands on" language programs are available for students with specific career goals. Internships and service learning opportunities provide a chance for students to integrate their Spanish language skills with experiential learning in Mexico´s industrial, commercial, educational, agricultural, media, or governmental sectors.

If you want academic credit for an internship or a service learning program, contact your home department to find out the number of hours and credits you can receive, and if there is a minimum stay required. We recommend a stay of at least five weeks, up to an entire year. Be sure to have your plan approved in advance of travel to Mexico by your home institution so your credits will be transferred without a problem. Contact us to work out the details.

Short-term internships, long-term internships and service learning opportunities are customized to meet your career goals. You'll perfect your language skills at Kukulcan and work (part time or full time) to gain experience in your field. We can help you with living arrangements during your stay in Mexico. Internships and service learning work are considered educational experiences, and there is no salary attached to the work you do.

Volunteer opportunities are also available for students who do not need academic credit for their work in Mexico. If you would like to volunteer a few hours a week (or more) while you're studying at Kukulcan, we help place you in local institutions and services where you will have an opportunity to practice Spanish and interact with native speakers. Doing volunteer work in Mexico is a wonderful way to gain practical experience and integrate yourself into the community, while practicing responsible global citizenship.

Requirements for Internships in México:

  1. High-intermediate Spanish language proficiency (typically 300 level work at the university). If you have a lower level of Spanish language proficiency upon arrival in Mexico, you will need to do full-time intensive language training at Kukulcan to bring your Spanish up to speed before you can start work.
  2. A GPA of 2.5 or higher at your home institution.
  3. Proof of health insurance for the length of stay in Mexico.
  4. If you want to do an internship in Mexico, you need to complete the application process at least two months prior to the date you want to start your work study program here.

    Kukulcan´s Internship Committee (KIC) monitors and evaluates the intern's progress. We make periodic visits to the work sites to observe students as they perform their assigned tasks. The KIC also makes recommendations to intern sponsors about quality control and enhancement of the work experience. Kukulcan provides an orientation program for interns, and oversees the student´s completion of the midterm reports, final reports and the final evaluation of the project. We can arrange internships in a number of fields, such as business, marketing, journalism, video production, social work, governmental offices, etc. Contact us if you want us to design an internship for you.