Internships in Mexico City – How to Participate

The Deadline For Applications For The Summer 2015 Externships Is February 10, 2015.

To view our externship program flier, click here.

Learn more about our program at the following events:

  • Information Session - Feb. 3 in the Commons, 4:00PM
  • Government and Public Interest Table Talk – Feb. 5 at the UC Ballroom, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

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The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston assists law students to arrange summer internships in Mexico City. Currently, there is a limited number of internships with Pemex and with the Mexican Foreign Ministry (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México, SRE).

Externship Prerequisites:

  • These externships are available to University of Houston law students who have completed at least one (1) full year of study in the J.D. Program, OR who have completed at least 12 units of study in the LL.M. Program.
  • The externships require that the student have a minimum level of Spanish fluency. If selected, you will be working with Mexican lawyers in both Spanish and English, and while perfect fluency is not required you must be able to communicate in Spanish.
  • Students accepted to the summer externship program are responsible for their own airfare, lodging and food expense during their stay in Mexico.
  • Accepted students must commit to work in Mexico for a minimum of 6 weeks. 


Information on Academic Credit and funding:

  • Students interested in receiving academic credit should contact Externship Program Director, Erma Bonadero* at If you are selected, Professor Bonadero can answer your questions about receiving credit and will help you enroll you in the corresponding summer course.  For more information, visit  

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign (SRE) Affairs – Eligible for academic credit
Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon’s Commission (CNH) - Eligible for academic credit

  • Students applying for these internships may be eligible for a Summer Public Interest Fellowship from the Law Center. To see if you qualify, contact Bhavika Shah at  

 (* Note: Students are encouraged to contact Professor Bonadero early in the externship application process to ensure student has enough time to meet the externship course application/enrollment dates and the fellowship application deadline.)

Important Links:

Summer Internship Application

Resources for Possible Accommodations in Mexico City