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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

Artist

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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. 

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U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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

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16 Binational Internship Program

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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

Grantees will be placed in cooperating businesses, and will also take courses related to international business at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), one of the most prestigious private universities in that field iin Mexico. The most significant component of the program is the internship; grantees will spend about 90% of their time working in the company.

In recent years, COMEXUS has placed grantees in a variety of organizations, including traditional and multinational companies, financial institutions, airlines and start-ups. These workplaces have included Ashoka, Angel Ventures, Casa Dragones, Convixión, Endeavor, Evercore, and Volaris among others. Please note that the list of participating companies and NGOs is subject to change every year.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Grantees are not required to submit a side project in order to apply for this grant. 

Fulbright grants in Mexico are known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates: September 2021 - June 2022.

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City during the last week of August 2021, organized and sponsored by COMEXUS.

COMEXUS will arrange international transportation for grantees except in very specific cases in which grantees travel with family. Grantees should not purchase their airfare without first consulting their COMEXUS Program Officer.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

The Welcome Orientation is tentatively scheduled for the last week in August 2021.

Candidate Profile

Preferred candidates should have less than three years of work experience post-graduation, 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.    

Candidates must be adaptable and proactive, able to take initiative in both professional and educational situations in order to thrive in a highly independent program. Rather than a traditional study abroad, the Binational Business program is designed for flexible, self-sufficient grantees able to seize the moment, establish and manage expectations, and forge valuable experiences throughout the program.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

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 include in the Language Self-Evaluation plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: n/a

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

Applicants should not include a letter of affiliation from any Mexican institution in their application, as COMEXUS will place all grantees with their host company or organization. Following the final grantee selection, COMEXUS will arrange the internship placement of grantees through a matching process involving participating companies, grantees, and the Commission.

In this process:

  • All grantees are invited to be interviewed by all companies.
  • Both the companies and grantees then rank their preferences.
  • The Commission assigns the grantee to an institution, taking into account the preferences of both the applicant and the company as well as the well being of the complete cohort.
  • COMEXUS is unable to guarantee placements in specific companies and/or industries.
  • Grantees will enroll in courses at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (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.

Ineligibility

Candidates residing, working or studying in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

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

Candidates who currently hold a temporary or permanent residency card to Mexico are not eligible to apply.

Special Application Instructions

Refer to this program in your Statement of Grant Purpose and select “Binational Internship Program” 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 internships) that would allow the applicant to benefit from the experience and contribute during the internship and in the classroom; and 3) expected benefits from the internship and courses, and their relationship to the applicant’s future career plans. 

Visa Requirement

Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright scholarship. For this reason, and due to Mexican immigration laws, candidates with current legal residency in Mexico will not be considered.

COMEXUS will assist in a pre-authorization visa approval process for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, grantees and their dependents must exchange their visa for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante.

Those candidates possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive said 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 that grantees begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses, especially because the first grant payment will arrive in late September.

Semifinalists will be invited to a virtual interview by COMEXUS in February 2021.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://comexus.org.mx/index.php

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