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FOR UNPAID INTERNSHIPS Mex Internship-5 (Open March 30-April 20)

No:                       12/05

Open to:               All Interested Candidates

Position:               Mex Internship-05

Opening Date:      March 30, 2012
Closing Date:        April 20, 2012

Duration:        Part-time; 20 hours/week

No salary or benefits will be paid – this is a volunteer position.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is seeking an individual for the position of Intern

Basic Function of Position
The intern will report on Merida Initiative programs and related issues such as border security, money laundering, law enforcement professionalization, rule of law, corrections reform, demand reduction, and culture of lawfulness.  The intern will research and draft materials on issues related to the Merida Initiative.  Provides support with bilateral implementation of the Initiative and prepares written products such as speeches, scene setters, appointment requests, brochures, and any other materials as assigned to promote awareness of the Merida Initiative among key audiences in the U.S. and Mexico.  Assists Policy Team with duties related to high-level visits.  The duration of the internship is 6 months.

Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each criterion.
- Three years of university studies.
- Level III English (speak/read/write) is required. (Please see section “To Apply” on pg 2 for test instructions).
- Must have good organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
- Customer service experience desirable.
- Experience with computers (Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint) is required.

All applicants must pass a security certification process.

Minimum Eligibility criteria
- Only Mexican Nationals are eligible for the Intern Program.
- Eligible students must meet the definition of a student as follows:
“Student” means an individual who is enrolled, not less than half-time, in trade school, technical or vocational institute, college, university or comparable recognized educational institution.  An individual who is a student is deemed not to have ceased to be a student during an interim between school years if the interim is not more than 5 months and if such individual shows to the satisfaction of the HR Office that the individual has a bona fide intention of continuing to pursue a course of study or training in the same or different educational institution during the school semester (or other period into which the school year is divided) immediately after the interim.

All Mexican National Student Intern Program applicants must have graduated from high school prior to beginning the program.
Mission’s requirements for Mexican Student Interns:
-Minimum age: Intern Program applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
-The student must have completed academic courses relevant to the type of work to be performed.
-The student must be able to speak English.  The level will depend on the requirement of the employing office.
  TOEFL/ITP/PBT/IBT/TOEIC test scores will be used to determine whether the student meets minimum fluency requirements.
-The student must be in good academic standing at their current educational institution and provide a certified transcript of his/her grades.  A minimum GPA of 8.0 is required.
-The student must receive a security certification from the Regional Security Office (RSO).
-The student must be covered by his/her own medical insurance and must receive a medical clearance from the Health Unit.
-There are no benefits attached to this temporary internship and no compensation.

To apply:
To be eligible for consideration the following documentation must be submitted and forwarded to the HR Office/Agency Intern Coordinator prior to the announcement’s closing date:
-Fill out application form (1) /approved Agency form
-Complete “Statement of Interest” (2) should include the student’s objectives and motivations in seeking an internship and how their academic    courses and other experiences relate to the Mission’s goals/office needs
-Obtain signed written permission and request from institution
-Request school to send certified transcript of academic standing to the HR Office/Agency Intern Coordinator
-Complete and sign “Disclaimer Release” form (3)
-Complete Voluntary Service Agreement forms (4) /approved Agency form
  Forms can be found at
-Submit TOEFL/TOEIC English proficiency score
Test score of English language exam is required from the following institutions:  (Cost is the applicant’s responsibility).
 TOEIC Standard Testing Services, Alpes #120-A, Esq. Prado Norte, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 Mexico, D.F., tel. 5540-3555/5540 3959.   (Valid for two (2) years) OR
TOEFL (iBT/ITP/PBT).   Information: or (Valid for two (2) years)
The scores for Level III English (fluent) are : (TOEFL iBT 76+ or TOEFL ITP/PBT540+ or TOEIC PBT 650+)
-Submit all documents to the HR Office/Agency Intern Coordinator prior to the announcement’s closing date
-Be available for interview when/if called.
Submit application to:        
Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Paseo de la Reforma #305 (PB)
Col. Cuauhtémoc
06500 Mexico, D.F. or

E-mail: (Please refer to position number in subject line of e-mail.) i.e. Mex Internship-05
Please check the U.S. Embassy web site for future vacancy announcements:

The US Mission in Mexico provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment  to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Mexican National Student Intern Program is designed to facilitate students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with Mission Mexico. The objectives and advantages of such a program serve to benefit both post and students by providing the Mexican national students with valuable work experience in the mission and by assisting post in accomplishing their goals.  We seek to offer students the challenge of working in a foreign affairs arena and at the same time profit by their assistance.  There are no benefits or compensation attached to this internship or any future employment rights.