Expand your global career in Mexico! Experiencing living and working in Mexico can help further advance your professional and personal development. Get exposure to a vibrant, welcoming and diverse culture while getting hands on experience in your field.

MIT-Mexico student opportunities include internships in various fields at companies, universities, non-profits and research institutes  throughout the year and hands-on STEM teaching at Mexican high schools during IAP.

The MIT-Mexico Seed Funds facilitates dozens of research collaborations between MIT faculty and their Mexican counterparts.

Program Opportunities


MIT-Mexico matches MIT students with internships at leading companies, research labs and universities in Mexico. These opportunities are usually 8-12 weeks for the summer depending on the host and are available year-round up to 12 months. Per MISTI’s mission, they are set up to be cost-neutral in order to allow as many participants as possible to gain this unique professional and personal development.

  • Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors and graduate students in all disciplines
  • 4.0 or better GPA
  • Undergraduates:
    • Spanish IV or equivalent proficiency
    • Cultural course
  • Graduate students:
    • No language requirement; basic Spanish strongly recommended
    • Cultural course highly recommended

Visit MIT Global Languages website for course availability and offerings 

  • Informational meetings are available year-round
  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – December 1st
  • Interview with Country Program Manager – October to February (as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • Select MIT-Mexico as your top choice in the MISTI launchpad Application – By February 1st (rolling thereafter, depending on opportunities)
  • Once approved, complete the County-Specific Application – Deadline set by MIT-Mexico Manager, typically within 2 weeks of acceptance. Country Program Manager begins to explore potential hosts once complete.
  • Internship matching process – January to March
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Late March to Early May

How to Apply

Global Teaching Labs

Learn through teaching. GTL challenges MIT students to synthesize and present what they know, work in a team, and communicate with peers of a different cultural background, all while sharing MIT's unique approach to science and engineering education with high school students around the world. 

MISTI Global Teaching Labs offers a unique opportunity for MIT students to teach STEM subjects in Mexican high schools over IAP. Students will teach subjects such as physics, chemistry, math, biology, computer science, robotics. In most cases each student is paired up with a local teacher. Some schools will require MIT students to create classes/workshops.

We usually place at least two MIT students per high school or university.

Some of the locations will include Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Queretaro and Puebla.

  • 4.0 GPA or better
  • No language requirements although some Spanish is preferred
  • Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors and graduate students in all disciplines
  • We are seeking highly motivated students who are looking forward to teaching
  • Please refer to the MISTI GTL page for application deadlines, etc.
  • Interviews will be held and final selection will be made by the first or second week of October
  • Once selected to participate, students must attend Global Teaching Labs training sessions (dates TBD) and a checkout meeting with the Program Manager
  • Schools will be assigned between November 30th and December 15th (or earlier)

Global Seed Funds for MIT-Mexico

MISTI's Global Seed Funds program supports MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts abroad.

Mexico has in recent years become a world leader in the areas of energy reform and climate change. Seed funds enable MIT faculty and researchers to collaborate with colleagues in Mexico to solve common challenges.

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MIT-Mexico Instituto Politécnico Nacional Seed Fund

The MIT-Mexico Instituto Politécnico Nacional Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues at The Instituto Politécnico Nacional.

The Mexican colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Mexican participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Mexican teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

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Meet Your Program Manager

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Get in touch with Griselda Gomez, Managing Director for MIT-Mexico, to get your questions answered.