IIP Placements in Mexico
NOTE: All placements in Mexico are tentative as there is a State Department Travel Warning issued for Mexico. Interns will not be placed in a country that carries a State Department Travel Warning.
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.
Location: TBD, Mexico
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Mexican high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Advanced Spanish language is recommended. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
IMIFAP is a NGO, founded by a small group of professors and students of the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1985 as a center for teaching, research, and consulting in the fields of public health, population, and individual and community welfare. Its work is carried out in the following program areas: HIV/AIDS and development; children, parents, and teachers; sexuality and reproductive health; gender, health, violence, and rights; and capacity building and microenterprise. Its programs contribute to sustainable human development and allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity and lives. Specific work responsibilities and suggested skills include: (1) Evaluation: IIP candidates must have strong statistical analysis and writing skills to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; and (2) Resource Development: IIP candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills. An interest in sociology, psychology, public health, development studies, reproductive health, community development, economics, or related disciplines would be an asset. Spanish language skills are required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Work responsibilities included analyzing data and consolidating research for publication, translation, grant-writing, and communications.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
salaUno is a fast growing social enterprise that is generating social impact in Mexico. It is a start-up company that delivers quality, accessible, and affordable eyecare services focused on low and middle income segments. salaUno was founded during the winter of 2010 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen, two entrepreneurs with international experience in finance, business, and social development. Eye-related diseases are the second cause of disability in Mexico. Approximately 60% of Mexicans have some sort of visual disability. Blindness is an important economic and social problem, and 50% of cases are avoidable by means of cataract surgery. IIP interns will be exposed to a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and will have direct responsibilities that will help shape the organization. The management structure of salaUno is very flat and the work environment will foster rapid learning by IIP interns. This is an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking, paradigm- breaking project in the healthcare sector. Specific responsibilities may include working in one or more of the following areas: Growth Strategy: analyze areas of growth and examine how to recruit and retain medical and other personnel, a change management program, the transition to a system of clinics geographically dispersed, and information technology requirements; Commercial Marketing: develop a thorough campaign for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for different services and products, design materials for internal and external marketing, analyze best practices from around the world, develop marketing and social media strategies to help grown their company; CRM/Sales: design strategies to have high volume of outpatients and convert those leads to surgeries, design new strategies of CRM to follow potential patients, develop a strategy to improve the data quality of patients on their first contact with the clinic, and generate a standardized form of contact with the patients from different fronts. Other responsibilities may include support towards the company getting a social impact rating (GIIRS or IRIS), support for fellowship applications and additional help in fundraising and grant writing. IIP candidates with interests in commerce, marketing, sales, management, engineering, computer science and human resources are encouraged to apply. Spanish language skills are desirable but are not required. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: TBD, Mexico
TerraCycle is a green business that collects non-recyclable post-consumer waste and transforms it into new eco-friendly products or materials. Terracycle 's goal is to eliminate waste by providing innovative solutions for hard-to-recycle products and packaging waste. TerraCycle's model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through programs and then converts this waste into new products. TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected by non-profits and schools. TerraCycle's Mexico office offers a comprehensive internship program with meaningful and substantial work, supervision and performance feedback, and "learning coffees" on TerraCycle topics. The focus of this internship placement will be a Keystone Project, which the intern leads and concludes during the duration of the internship. The Keystone Project is designed to contribute directly to one of TerraCycle's work areas so that the intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. In addition, the intern will carry out daily activities as required. Spanish proficiency is recommended. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Keystone Projects are available in the following areas:
- Community Outreach: TerraCycle's Brigade teams are comprised of schools, community organizations, non-profits, youth groups, and a wide variety of other organizations. This intern will lead efforts to engage new and existing participants in the Brigade programs. The intern will research new community engagement ideas, develop strategy, and assist in making preparations to these potential community partners.
- Business Development: This intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle. The intern will be exposed to Fortune 500 companies, innovative green start-ups, brand managers, and upcycling strategies. The intern will also learn how to research deal opportunities strategically, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, and manage business development communications.
- Operations: A vital part of TerraCycle's Brigade program is the management of all operations, including the logistics for the nationwide collection strategy, as well as the identification of and partnership building with manufacturers and cooperatives to make TerraCycle's recycled and upcycled products. This intern will platy an important role in assessing logistics, offering recommendations for strategy improvement, and researching and coordinating with manufacturing partners.