IIP Placements in Mexico
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Location: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
About: Banregio is a young Mexican Bank founded in 1994. It focuses primarily on the SMB market and is one of the most profitable banks in Mexico. It has embarked on an aggressive growth initiative in the past 5 years, resulting in presence in 18 states and over 40 cities. Banregio recognizes that innovation will greatly disrupt traditional banking in the next 5 to 10 years, so it launched BanregioLABS. BanregioLABS is Banregio’s Innovation lab. It is focused entirely on creating a better user experience. However, BanregioLABS recognizes that not all innovation will come from within, so it hosts a co-working space where both start-ups and entrepreneurs can work together and collaborate in a variety of ways. BanregioLABS hope to be catalysts to change and disruption in the financial tech scene with the end goal of always delivering a better user experience.Two placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or both of the following two projects:
- Big Data: As a bank, there is a sea of information that is generated every day. From credit card readers, ATMs, online banking, every transaction tells us a little bit about our customers. In the near future, data scientists will be a bank’s best paid employees. In the same way that that today’s data scientists shape Facebook’s News Feed or Twitter’s, so will bank products in the future be determined by data scientists. This project will challenge the IIP intern to think about different ways in which a bank can use its customer data to design new products.
- Analytics: BanRegio recognizes that it has a responsibility to help its business customers make sound financial decisions. This responsibility extends to giving them the proper tools they need to grow their business. With that in mind, BanRegio is developing a suite of services focused on customer analytics that is intended to help them grow their sales without the need to invest heavily in other providers
Qualifications: A background and interests in mechanical engineering and/or computer science. Web programming skills would be an asset. Basic Spanish is required.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
CFHI provides service learning in international health for medical and pre-medical students. Students wishing to learn about health care systems in other countries, especially among underserved communities, will find the clinical rotation programs of particular interest. IIP interns work alongside local physicians and explore primary care, rural health, and traditional medicine. Rotation schedules will be sent to the selected interns prior to arrival. Good knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Note: The CFHI program fee, which covers accommodations, meals, orientation, etc., will be covered by the IIP in its entirety. IIP interns are responsible for their air fare. Extensive program details are available in the Office of International Programs. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
GENDES, A.C. (Gender and Development)
Location: Mexico, D.F., Mexico
About: GENDES, A. C., an acronym of gender and development, is a Mexican civil society organization founded in 2003 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in the social sciences. Their organization is committed to using social development to promote gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence. Their efforts include reflection, intervention, research, and advocacy methods to promote - in- alliance with other social actors- egalitarian relationships that contribute to social development. Two placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern Responsibilities: Interns will contribute to one or more of the following programs:
- Resource Management Program: This project will generate fundraising strategies to achieve the material and operational base for GENDES. The intern would contribute through researching international foundations or other agencies of cooperation based in the U.S., and will provide support for specific steps of the critical path designed for this purpose for instance, contributing to the the translation of projects or other documents required by the agencies and strengthening partnerships with contacts who are responsible for grants at each institution.
- Public Positioning Program: This program goal is to position Gendes as an expert and
a reference in the issue of masculinity as well as to influence legislation and public policy related to gender equality. One student is needed to strengthen English spoken communication tools such as an English version of our website and executive reports for our publications.
- Methodology Program: The Methodology Program concentrates all activities on direct attention to our clients. There are different choices according to the existing subprograms. The first would be to integrate to the activities regarding re-educational groups for batterers, also supporting the training team in their workshops for different audiences such as public servants and other NGOs. For the first choice a MALE student is required as not to damage the batterer re-educational process, social sciences background are desired but all backgrounds could participate in this intervention model. The support needed is the systematization of the group sessions carried out in Gendes.
Qualifications: Interests in gender issues and human rights is recommended. Advanced Spanish: reading, writing and speaking skills are required.
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Location: Mexico, D.F., Mexico
About: ITAM is a private, non-profit institution of higher education that focuses on training leaders in the social, engineering and managerial sciences. ITAM is one of the leading institutions in its areas of expertise and prepares its students for key roles in both the private and public sectors.
Their institution has a full-time faculty of more than 200 professors, with credentials similar to those found in faculties from leading international educational institutions.
Interns Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on a project in the area of ethnomathematics. During the first three weeks the IIP interns will be given an introduction to the basics of cultural mathematics, numeration systems, art, calendars, games , etc. The next week will be dedicated to the planning of several visits to indigenous groups (Otomies, Mazahuas, Nahuatls) in Central Mexico (area surrounding Mexico City), in order to study the mathematical content of original documents, such as codices. These visits will be carried out on weeks 5 and 6 of the internship. Finally, in the last two weeks the IIP interns will write a final report on the case study of one of the indigenous groups visited. 2 placements have been created for IIP interns.
Qualifications: Mathematics concentrators and students with interests in ethnomathematics and anthropology are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must be able to understand and read basic Spanish. Analytical and writing skills would be an asset.
Instituto del Rincon / The Corner Institute
Location: Malinalco, Mexico
About: Located in the municipality of Malinalco, a historically Aztec region in the highlands southwest of Mexico City, the Corner Institute works in partnership with community members to help remove obstacles to development and provide the training and tools needed for the people of this region to thrive. Since 2005 the Corner Institute’s work in educational and economic development has given priority to helping the families and children of migrants from the region. This has allowed the organization to focus their efforts on assisting the families and children in greatest need, to help them solve problems before they become family-fragmenting crises, while generating new earning opportunities for area youths, migrants’ widows and returned migrants. Their six program areas include: Programs for migrants' children, crisis support for migrants' families, local job creation, community capacity-building, educational exchange projects, and research and analysis in the areas of migration and development. Three placements have been created for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: Projects will be developed in collaboration with members of the Corner Institute team. Interns may choose to work on one or more of the following projects:
- Participation in organizing and helping with the teaching of El Rincón’s summer program for the children of migrants to the U.S., including preparation of the 2015 program and visits to the local middle school to explain the program and invite youths to apply. The program consists of two daily modules: one in communications (English and Spanish, including journaling and story-telling with photos and drawings, with supplementary vocabulary in Náhuatl) and the other in crafts, with a particular focus in the woodcarving Malinalco has been famous for since the time of the Aztec empire (teachers are drawn from Malinalco’s master sculptors).
- Developing a script, filming and editing a video about El Rincón’s work, appropriate for posting on websites to develop interest in and support for our work.
- Updating and improving El Rincón’s website.
- Designing and launching a Kickstarter-type project to provide a boost to one or more of our job-creation programs (our coffee-roasting project in particular could use help getting up to speed).
- Depending on current need and the intern’s skills, an internship could include assisting with one of our migrants’ crisis cases (such as locating local families’ missing relatives, etc.).
Qualifications: Intermediate level Spanish is required (spoken and written). IIP candidates with good communication skills, an interest in community development, and excellent writing abilities are encouraged to apply. While there is no required academic background, the most likely backgrounds for this internship will be in the arts and humanities. An interest in visual arts or photography would be an asset.
Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
About: A private university established in 1969, recently located to brand new facilities in Monterrey. The university focuses on humanities and vocational education with special emphasis on computer science and English. Four placements have been established for IIP interns (two for each project).
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one of the following projects:
- Defining the future of the University: U-ERRE – Two IIP interns will first gain an understanding of the country, state, city, the university, the present state of education at U-ERRE and its environment. Next, the interns will work on helping define the future of education at Grupo Topaz. Then the interns will design and present a work model for the future of U-ERRE and Grupo Topaz.
- Defining the context for online / blended adult learning systems for Latin America: Two IIP interns will first gain insight into the context of online/blended adult learning systems for Latam. Then the IIP interns will develop and present a concept model for online/blended adult learning systems for Latam.
Qualifications: Beginning to intermediate Spanish is required. Candidates with interests in education are encouraged to apply. IIP Interns will receive expert guidance but will have full responsibility of the project and are expected to work with creativity and high levels of analysis.