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Interning at the Embassy of Mexico

Interning in Washington D.C. has put me at the epicenter of global policy. But working at the Embassy of Mexico has given me a front row seat to one of the most important diplomatic relationships of the United States. With all the buzz of the new administration surrounding the trade partnership between these North American giants, there is always something to do at the office.


Embassy of Mexico, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


I work specifically at the Trade & NAFTA Office of the Ministry of Economy. Did you know that Mexico is the United States' second largest trade partner? And that the United States is Mexico’s largest trade partner? It is safe to say that the economic relationship between these two countries is a very crucial one.


The NAFTA Desk is the office where most of the interns, including me, are working. We provide information about possible suppliers of Mexican products to American businesses and help businesses in Mexico sell their products. We receive many daily calls, both from the US and Mexico, asking for trade related information under NAFTA.


My desk reminding me of home, family, and things I still need to get done!


Along with Emmanuel from Puerto Rico, Emilio and Max from Mexico, and Fernando from Texas, I answer questions and provide consultations. I also update statistics regarding NAFTA and trade between Mexico and all 50 states. As a communications student, all this trade and economic stuff can seem a bit far from my field, but I have been able to use my skills in most of our work.


For example, I’ve had the opportunity to design PowerPoint presentations, create informational newsletters and edit external documents. I'm also involved in translating documents, web pages and e-mails from English to Spanish and vice versa. My interactions with new people has also improved because of the number of calls we receive daily.


I’ve also had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of international affairs by visiting think tanks and lectures about Mexico’s political and economic issues. As you'll recall from my earlier blog post, this was one of the motivations for a day trip I took to New York. All of this combined with a good environment in the office and with my coworkers has made this internship very rewarding. Our supervisor is always making sure that we understand new concepts and that we are accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves during this semester.


Even though we are not strictly required to, I get to wear a suit and tie every day, which I like very much (check out the perks of business attire). So, when considering a summer or semester with The Washington Center, you may want to consider the Embassy of Mexico as a possible internship site.


Until next week,


Mexico Fun Facts:

1. Mexico’s size is 756,066 square miles, almost three times larger than Texas.

2. The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.

3. Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes. The green stripe stands for hope, the white stripe represents purity, and the red stripe represents the blood of those who died fighting for Mexico's independence. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend.


Courtesy of: Flagz Group Limited

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