Practical Professional Experience Opportunities



The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) and targeted industry partners are relaunching collaborative project-based practical professional opportunities for students. This network will leverage the extensive networks of CONAHEC and its members in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (in addition to affiliate members in 16 other countries), and each institution’s relationships with local industry to offer project-based mobility opportunities for students of many disciplines.

These projects will enable students to complement their college experience by applying their knowledge in a practical professional experience in one of three areas: 1) Practical professional experiences at the private sector, 2) a research apprenticeship at a university or research center, or 3) service learning programs at a non-for-profit or community abroad.

It is expected that all projects are relevant and carried out/supervised by serious institutions that involve students, challenge their creativity and innovation skills while at the same time exposing them to an international or multicultural working environment. Likewise, it is expected that, during the projects, students receive a structured follow-up and academic accompaniment by a higher education institution which will also be responsible for assessing performance and student learning.

How does it work? 

  • Interested universities should design a program offering professional internships lasting anywhere from 6 to 24 weeks for international students in conjunction with a local organization.

  • The host university should send CONAHEC a proposal in order to be authorized and promoted through the organization.

  • Interested students must be nominated by their university following their online application.

  • CONAHEC will verify that candidates comply with all prerequisites necessary for the program they are applying to.

  • The host university and/or organization where the internship will take place will be responsible of the final selection. The internships must have an academic component and be eligible to transfer credits. Interested students will enroll at the host university as exchange students exempt from tuition fees.

  • The number of places allotted for exchange students by a university is equal to the number of students able to participate in exchange programs.


Who can participate?

  • To nominate students for a professional experience program abroad, institutions must:
    • Be members of CONAHEC and up to date with membership payment.
    • Offer at least one practical professional experience program open to international students.
  • To participate, students must:
    • Show evidence of language proficiency in accordance to the requisites established by the program.
    • Be in good academic standing GPA of 8.0/10 (Mex); 2.8 (U.S.A. / CAN)
    • Be nominated to participate by the designated coordinator at the home institution.


Important Dates (Spring 2017 term):

  • Send information regarding available professional internships by August 1st, 2016 using an online form.

  • First round of student applications will take place from August 15th to September 15th, 2016. Only students from universities offering internships for international students are eligible to apply.

  • Second round of student applications will take place from the October 1st - 31st, 2016. Students from participating institutions who were not selected in the first round may re-apply.

  • Students accepted to the program will work with the liaison from the host university to finalize details concerning credits, visas, etc.

  • Selected students will participate in a professional internship during the Spring semester (January-May). 


Detailed information about this program available here.
If you have any further inquiries regarding this program, please contact Santiago Castiello