Jobs and Internships in Mexico
There are so many reasons why you might want to work in Mexico, there are friendly locals, tasty food, warm weather, a developing economy and also a booming tourist industry. We get a lot of enquiries from internationals and English speakers seeking part time, summer and professional jobs in Mexico and if you are interested in applying our guide will help.
Work in Mexico
How to Work in Mexico
Turn your dream of living and working in Mexico into a reality. There is the option to apply with local companies or even seek a different route by working for an international company with a presence in Mexico. Most paid jobs in Mexico for English speakers are found working in the tourism industry and we highly recommend learning Spanish to improve your chances of getting hired. On our directory you can search paid jobs, find recruiters and get information on work permits, roles, tips for gaining employment and get everything you need to know about applying.
Where to Seek Employment
You can apply for jobs throughout the country, these are generally the top destinations where more companies are based:
Popular Industries to Work
- Au Pair & Nanny
- Customer Service
- Hospitality & Hotel Industry
- Software Development
- Travel & Tourism
Visa & Requirements
To work legally in Mexico you will need to apply for a work permit with the Institute of Immigration (Instituto Nacional de Migración - INM).
In 2012 legislation in Mexico changed and you now need to have a job offer or a potential contract from a registered company. You can enter Mexico on a tourist visa and your recuiter will have to apply for the work permit with the INM, you are free to stay in the country until the outcome. Once accepted you will need to leave Mexico to have an interview with your Mexican consulate who then grants and provides you with a work permit.
When applying you and your sponsor company will be asked for lots of documents including passport, nationality, a list of other employees and their nationalities and the company tax payments. The decision is usually made within 4 weeks. Then one you return to Mexico you will need to register at the Institute of Immigration within 30 days of arrival. If you are married your spouse will need to apply for a work permit independently, this is not given automatically like other countries. Once you have been successful in your application you can also apply for a residence visa.
Some people work in Mexico without work permits but this can be risky, and you will be thrown out of the country if caught. A lot of people find flexible part time jobs which offer cash in hand in hostels, hotels, bars and clubs.
Top Tips for Gaining Paid Employment in Mexico
- Network, a lot of postions are from word of mouth and who you know rather than what you know
- Book a Spanish language course in Mexico, knowing the local lingo will boost your chances
- If you are lacking experience, view our Mexico volunteer programs or Mexico internships which are a great way to get your foot in the door of a company. A lot of placements lead to full time employment
International Recruitment Agencies in Mexico
There are lots of recruitment agencies in Mexico which help international staff gain employment in a wide range of industries. You can register online before entry or once you are in the country. You will usually be able to register your CV, search positions and also staff will contact you if you skills match an available role. Agencies will require you to have a valid work permit or see you have experience so a company will want to hire you. Registering with a recruitment agency in Mexico is free, they either charge employers a fee or take a cut of your salary. Be very suspicious of any recruitment agency who asks you for an upfront fee, always research online before proceeding.
Flexible, Part Time & Holiday Jobs in Mexico
Some employers offer part time jobs in Mexico but most positions are found through international companies with offices or bases in Mexico. The most popular areas to work include in hotels, resorts, dive centers and teaching. These positions are popular during summer and with students.
Skilled & Professional Jobs in Mexico
Mexico is a difficult country to find a well paying job if you are a non-skilled worker but if you are a specialist in a specific field of work you will really enhance your job prospects. There is a need for skilled and experienced workers in industries like communication, engineering and technology. Finding jobs in some areas like construction can be tough though not impossible as local Mexican staff are usually given preference. For more intermediate level jobs you will need formal qualifications like a degree. If you are looking for an executive, professional or management positions you might want to seek the help of a head-hunter. There are lots of head-hunting companies who help international staff get work throughout Mexico in skilled and senior roles. Please note you might need to pay a fee for head-heading services.
Freelancing & Self Employment
There is nothing to stop you working freelance over the internet or even starting your own business once in Mexico. You will get to enjoy the local lifestyle and if you can get paid in other currencies you will enjoy a comfortable living standard.
Salary & Benefits
How to Apply
There are lots of ways to gain employment in Mexico, our website features recruiters and positions available to apply for all year round. There is also the traditional job hunting route e.g. applying through an agency or online but there are also other ways like checking the classifieds in Mexican newspapers and expat magazines. You could also draw up a short list of companies and apply direct.
Do you offer jobs in Mexico to internationals? Would you like to increase applications? Contact us today to list jobs here.
Guide to Interning in Mexico
By interning in Mexico you will add depth to your CV/resume, immerse yourself in the local culture, learn a lot from local employees and gain an experience like no other. The experience of working as an intern in Mexico will look great to future employers - this might make you stand out in a crowd of candidates. Internships can last anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months+. There are internships available with local and international companies in industries like tourism, eco-tourism, hotel industry, hospitality, NGO, conservation and community development. View our guide to interning in Mexico and apply today.
Best Places to Intern in Mexico
Popular places to intern in Mexico include:
Places like Cancun have large multinational hotel chains and there are placements available here all year round. There are lots of conservation based internship programs where you can help local communities and wildlife in coastal areas of the country.
Types of Internships Available
Popular Internships Include:
- Animal care
- Environmental and Conservation Awareness
- Marine Biology
- Media, Journalism and Broadcasting
- Medical and Healthcare
- Hotel and Hospitality
- Travel and Tourism
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Restaurant Management
- Performing Arts
- Political Science
- Social Work
Paid Internships in Mexico
It is difficult to secure a paid internship placement in Mexico, usually these types of positions go to locally employed staff. Some companies and agencies will require you to pay a joining fee which includes placements, accommodation and meals. If you get a good company they might also give you a small stipend monthly salary.
Summer Internships in Mexico
We get most enquiries about participating on summer internships in Mexico, this experiences are very popular with students on breaks during studies and to get a place you will need to apply well in advance. There are lots of short term intern placements available during summer in a wide range of industries.
- What to Expect: Mexico has an improving economy and a really thriving tourism industry, by interning here you will get hands on experience in a Spanish speaking country. Usually you will intern from 9am to 6pm, but not all internships are full-time. You will usually get weekends off whilst some businesses are closed on either Mondays or Tuesdays. Some companies also offer staff daily siestas breaks 2 - 4. You will also get lots of free time to enjoy your new surroundings or travel on completion of a placement. If you would like to combine experience you might like to view our volunteer programs in Mexico or search our tours in Mexico.
- Visa & General Requirements: For most internship placements you will need to be aged 18+. Programs are open to both students and non-students - it is beneficial if you speak Spanish but companies who hire foreign interns have English speaking staff. If you are planning to intern for less than six months you do not need to apply for a visa and all you will need is a valid passport.
- Cost of Living: Another great reason to intern in Mexico is the cost of living which is a lot less than the USA and Canada. Living expenses taking into account food, transport and rent are low, the larger locations like Mexico City and Cancun have higher costs in terms of accommodation than other cities in the country.
How to Apply
You can search our featured Mexico internships and apply above. You can apply with both local and international companies, some will require a you pay a internship fee, this generally includes:
- Internship placement and supervision
- Airport pick-up
- On-site orientation
- Visa assistance
- Social and cultural activities
- 24/7 emergency support
- Help from start to finish
- Certification and reference on completion
For more options you might like to view all of our intern abroad programs.
Mexico Internship Reviews & Testimonials
Would you like to share your experience and rate a company or placement? Contact us today,
“Life changing experience. 10/10. I would do it again!” Jeff Weaver, Mexico Intern with The Science Exchange