HC internships are not classic internships. Yes, you will take on projects and learn about social enterprise, but our programs extend beyond the workday to include excursions, educational visits, training sessions and individualized mentoring. Our programs are relatively small (6-12 interns), and the intimate nature of the experience encourages professional development, a tight bond between interns, and the opportunity to expand your comfort zone in a supportive environment. We’re looking for highly motivated students in all fields to join our different cohorts throughout the year. Our organization was and continues to be built upon your creativity, outside-the-box thinking, and energetic contributions.

Migration, Entrepreneurship, & Community Development Internship

Please read this brochure before applying.

December 28, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Immerse yourself in the stories surrounding economic migration on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Gain a new perspective from micro-entrepreneurs about economic resilience in the face of migration and learn from HC’s efforts to contribute to community development in the town of Bucerías, Mexico.

This program is a fast-paced, intensive internship in Mexico for students who wish to take advantage of their winter break to travel, engage in the social sector, and grow professionally. Develop the skills needed to succeed in a wide range of positions, as we will treat you as a part of our small team,  entrusting you with a great deal of responsibility and choice. 

Projects are focused on experiential learning and nonprofit management, and will be complemented by workshops, group discussions, visits with our artisans and nonprofit partners, and excursions throughout the area.


We accept applications on a rolling basis and issue acceptances accordingly. We recommend that you apply early; because of the small nature of our programs, they are competitive.

Priority Deadline: October 28, 2019

Final Deadline: November 25, 2019


Our internship is crafted as an experiential-learning program. We will challenge you where you are, so substantial experience is not necessary. Eligible candidates are college students, though we have had some post-grads and grad students join us as well. It is a plus if applicants have a proficiency in Spanish, but it is not a requirement.

We look for enthusiasm, curiosity and the mental grit necessary to consider complex challenges, both on a community and global level. We are a small and tight-knit team and seek candidates who want to engage in this environment. Our interns are people who have a desire to listen, consider and interact with community members and an overarching goal of using their skills to make the world a better place.

HC Internships are open to students of all majors; we seek a diverse team, who come from a variety of backgrounds and who possess a range of skill sets. In our experience, this best enables intern teams to support our partners, as well as to learn positively from one another.


Program Fee: $1,750


  • Pre- and post-program support
  • Program and intercultural orientations
  • Comfortable, safe accommodation
  • Many group meals
  • Local transportation, including airport transfers
  • Information pack and journal to guide your time here
  • Budgets for the projects you work on
  • Fair compensation to the people and organizations we visit
  • Mentorship, feedback and coaching from Human Connections’ staff
  • Responsible tourism excursions throughout the Riviera Nayarit
  • 24/7 staff support throughout your stay
  • Workshops & hands-on professional experience
  • Carbon credits to offset program-related emissions
  • An opportunity to form part of a small, dynamic team and the chance to make a difference in Human Connections’ professional trajectory!

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is Bucerias?

Bucerias and the Riviera Nayarit are secure areas, given their touristic nature. The US Department of State specifically excludes this region from any travel warnings. Incidences of violence are lower than in many US cities. We are located here because it is such a safe, calm and beautiful part of the country. If you or your family have any specific questions about safety, please reach out to us directly.

What is the work schedule like?

As an intern you will work a mostly traditional Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30 pm schedule. Much of this time will be in our office, but partner and site visits also take place during the work day. Relevant project-related and educational discussions are also integrated into the work day. Your project will have a final objective and you and your team will generate milestones to keep your work on track, as well as hold regular sync-up meetings with all HC staff.

What is the work atmosphere like?

We consider ourselves a relaxed professional environment. We treat you as coworkers and give you the same amount of autonomy, responsibility and trust with which we grant full-time staff.

What are the living costs in Mexico?

This depends on your individual needs and lifestyle! Past interns have spent anywhere from $50 – $125 per week on food, laundry and entertainment. If you plan to buy many souvenirs or eat out often, you might want additional spending money.

Why is there a cost associated with the program?

We recognize the value of the time and contributions our interns make to our organization. The program fee we charge is the cost of the services that we provide for you (such as accommodation, transport, meals, etc.) as well as fair compensations to clients, guides, guest speakers and staff for their work during the program. We provide these services so that you can focus on your internship work and cultural immersion experience. Please note that most of our interns are able to receive funding from their institutions. We believe in full transparency and we are happy to provide a detailed breakdown of fees upon request.

Can I talk to past interns about their experiences?

Absolutely! Many of our “HC alumni” have offered to answer questions or share their experiences. Please let us know if you are interested and we will put you in touch. You can also check out our GoAbroad profile for reviews from past interns!

Questions? Contact our Student Programs Director, Mishel, at