Case Study: Mexico
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The Washington Center’s work with the Mexican government is the best example of an effective, long-term partnership. We work with Mexico in three different ways:
  • Welcoming Mexican students come to Washington, D.C., for the regular internship programs.
  • Offering Mexican Government funding for participants in the Governors Internship Program.
  • Organizing special seminars and agendas.

Mexican Universities

The Washington Center has strong relationships with the most prestigious privates and public universities in Mexico. More than 1,000 young professionals that have come to TWC’s programs have found exceptional jobs after they returned to Mexico. Affiliates include:

  • Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, commonly known as Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
  • Universidad del Mayab, Mérida
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla
  • Universidad Anahuac, North Campus
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

Most students attending our programs from these universities receive academic credits for their semester in Washington, D.C.

“My experience in Washington, D.C., has contributed to the better development of my leadership skills. I am a Mexican citizen, but above all, I am a citizen of the world, and as such, it is my responsibility to get involved and adopt an active role within the international community. I am sure that I will be able to take advantage of these skills when I come back to my country, and hence contribute to its better development, and to the project of a better world for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Georgina de la Fuente
TWC Spring ’08
Montererrey Tec


Governors Internship Program

For more than 10 years, the Governors Program has been preparing future leaders from Mexico to face the complex challenges of the twenty-first century. Currently, many Mexican governors provide full funding to students and young professionals competitively selected by each state government.

These participants come to The Washington Center to obtain professional and academic training in areas related to the economic and social development of their state and their communities. The program combines a four day per week internship with a full day of activities allowing participants to enrich their knowledge and gain cultural and social experiences. During the semester, participants develop a project that impacts and improves the well-being of their regions by attracting investment or by representing a product or an industry. When they complete the program and return to Mexico, projects are presented to their state governor.

To date, most of Mexico’s state governments have supported the program. Examples of participating states are Coahuila, Sonora, Campeche, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Morelos, Tamaulipas, Yucatán, Jalisco, Michoacán, Quintana Roo, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Nuevo León.

“I consider myself very lucky to be part of this experience; Now I will have the chance to apply what I learned here, back in the public service in Coahuila. I’m positive that this experience will help me to become a better servant to the people and to climb high in my political career but also to contribute to the government projects and benefit society as a whole.”

Julio Cesar Torres
TWC Fall ’09
Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila

Academic Seminars

After more than 10 years of working with Mexican public servants from all three levels of government (federal, state and municipal), The Washington Center has solid experience training Mexican professional politicians through customized seminars. TWC provides three-day seminars on many issues.

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