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As one of the most populous countries in the world with a variety of strong industries, there is a large potential for internships in Mexico. Economic development has been a primary concern of President Calderon, especially in terms of environmental protection, health care, public security, and economic competitiveness. Interns in Mexico will have the chance to learn from and contribute to a growing economy.
Internships can likely be found throughout Mexico any time of the year. Those interested in working with the tourism industry will find most relevant internship opportunities in big cities like the capital and along the border in beach resort towns like Cancun. The coast of Mexico is a great place to find unique internships like marine life conservation. Other types of internships (including finance, agriculture, education, and more) can be found anywhere in the country so you can choose a destination based on your interests. For example, do you want to be in a city or a rural pueblo?
The cost of living in Mexico can depend on where exactly you are living and how resourceful you are. Most cities in Mexico offer a mix of upscale accommodations and dining with cheaper, quieter, and more casual options as well. Either way, living expenses are going to be less than those of the US, UK or other western countries. ExpatForum offers more details on living expenses in Mexico.
Many people believe the labor laws in Mexico need a big overhaul. There are labor laws in place to restrict work weeks over 48 hours and to enforce a minimum wage. However, there are less rules and regulations when it comes to internships so make sure the terms and conditions of your work schedule and pay are agreed upon and understood by both parties.
With a growing economy and thriving tourism industry, Mexico is a perfect place for an international internship. It's diverse cities, pueblos, and weather make it easy to find an internship in a setting that you can thrive in. Interning in Mexico will also allow you to gain experience speaking Spanish and working in practically any field you choose.
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