Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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16 Binational Internship Program

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

With the goal of creating mutual understanding between the private sectors in Mexico and the United States, the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), the Fulbright Commission in Mexico, supports internships in  for-profit business or NGOs through the Binational Internship Program for U.S. Students.

Grantees will be placed in cooperating businesses or NGOs, and will also take courses related to international business at ITAM, one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico.

In recent years, COMEXUS has placed grantees in a variety of organizations, including traditional multinational companies such as financial institutions and airlines, nonprofits and NGOs, and start-ups. Some of these companies include: Ashoka, Scotiabank, Endeavor, Asociación Mexicana para las Naciones Unidas, Black Trust, Angel Ventures, Collective Academy, MásNegocio and Volaris among others. Please note that the list of participating companies and NGOs is subject to change every year.

While the majority of placements are with for-profit companies, each year there may be opportunities to work in the non-profit sector as well. COMEXUS is unable to guarantee placements in specific companies, sectors and/or industries.

The Fulbright grant in Mexico is also known as Fulbright-García Robles.

Grant Period

10 Months

10 Months

Grants dates: September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2019 organized by COMEXUS.

In almost all cases, COMEXUS will arrange international transportation for grantees. Grantees should not purchase their airfare without first consulting their COMEXUS Program Officer.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Preferred candidates should have work or internship experience of less than three years, as well as a bachelor´s or master´s degree in one of the following fields: business administration, finance, economics, international relations, law/international law, accounting, or another business-related field. 

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in another field may be considered if they have demonstrated experience and interest in international business.    

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the internship, but also in order to communicate at a university level. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should not include a letter of affiliation submitting their application. Following final selection, COMEXUS will arrange the internship placement of grantees through a matching process involving participating companies, grantees, and the Commission.

In this process:

  1. All grantees are invited to be interviewed by all companies.

  2. Both the companies and grantees then rank their preferences.

  3. The Commission confirms the grantee and company match.

COMEXUS is unable to guarantee placements in specific companies and/or industries.

Grantees will enroll in courses at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

All grantees must enroll in at least one course and up to two courses per trimester at the ITAM for a total of up to six classes. University fees are waived as part of the grant.


Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

U.S.-Mexico dual citizens are eligible to apply.

Special Application Instructions

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and select “Internship” under Award Name on the Fulbright application.

Statement of Grant Purpose

In the Statement of Grant Purpose, the following three points should be addressed: 1) Areas where the applicant could benefit from and make the best contribution to a Mexico-based company conducting international business; 2) Aspects of the applicant’s academic background (coursework, workshops, special courses, particular interests, etc.) and professional experience (specific jobs and assignments) that would allow the applicant to benefit from the experience and contribute to a company during the internship and in the classroom; 3) Expected benefits from the internship and courses and their relationship to the applicant’s future career plans. 

Visa Requirement

Fulbrighters must enter Mexico with a student visa granted by the Mexican embassy or Mexican consulate. COMEXUS will arrange visa pre-authorization for grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, grantees and dependents must exchange their visas for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante.

Fulbrighters possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not need to apply for a visa.

Specific Considerations

Applicants should take into consideration that this Fulbright grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses in Mexico City, as well as one round-trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). Grantees may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended to begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview by COMEXUS in February 2019.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Becas Information

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.