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Making Impacts
in Mexico

The Global Career Launch Program in Oaxaca, Mexico is an innovative comprehensive global internship framework for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in high-impact work abroad.

Global Career Launch: Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico community poses for a group photo


International work experience develops important skills, builds resumes, and expands professional networks. This six-week internship with Tejiendo Alianzas (“Weaving Partnerships”), a Mexican non-governmental organization, will give future business leaders an opportunity to collaborate with local entrepreneurs and help resolve challenges faced by rural enterprises. Tejiendo Alianzas works with residents of rural communities who have limited economic resources to co-create and incubate sustainable micro-businesses, leading to more employment in Oaxacan communities.


As part of this internship, you will work directly with DAVA Artisan Design, a cooperative of 15 Zapotec women from the San Dionisio Ocotepec community who make high-quality handmade sandals and shoes. In partnership with DAVA, students will:

  • Observe business operations and identify primary challenges
  • Propose and share ideas for solutions, to be evaluated by DAVA
  • Test and evaluate selected solutions
  • Assess the final results of solutions
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  • At a Glance

    Program Dates: June 10 – July 24, 2024

    Application Deadlines:
    • Priority Deadline - November 15, 2023
    • Standard Deadline - EXTENDED - January 31, 2024

    Eligibility: UT Undergraduate Students

    Cost: Around $2,635*
    • *Additional Scholarships may be Available

Program Highlights

With the supervision and guidance of Tejiendo Alianzas, Texas McCombs MBA students, and a UT McCombs professor, undergraduates will see first-hand how innovation knows no borders, how cultural heritage and traditions adapt to satisfy modern market trends, and how crafted products are paving the way for the economic and social development of local communities.


In addition to an unforgettable experience, students may also participate in the following excursions and activities:


  • Monte Alban
  • Teotitlan del Valle natural dyes and rug tour
  • Santiago Suchilquitongo to visit Xuchil Natural Products
  • Tlacolula market
  • Visit Casa Martinez to learn about the importance of mezcal production in the community
  • Visit Tia Mago to learn about local chocolate production
  • Cooking class with Doña Clara on how to make tortillas, quesadillas, memelitas
  • Visit the 250-year-old Ex-Hacienda Guadalupe to learn about the Oaxifornia project working with artisans all over Mexico
  • Group of DAVA

    Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the real world

    Collaborate with local entrepreneurs to resolve business issues by developing and testing solutions that can inform the future development of the company.
  • weaving loom in Mexico

    Learn about creative and collaborative problem solving

    from McCombs School of Business Executive-in-Residence Jeff Mihm, non-profit Tejiendo Alianzas ("Weaving Partnerships"), and DAVA Artisan Design.
  • student with a group from Oaxaca, Mexico

    Set yourself apart from other job candidates

    with this global business experience on your resume.
  • man with a donkey in Mexico

    Gain and practice intercultural skills

    by working with local entrepreneurs in Oaxaca, Mexico. Research shows that in today’s global marketplace, employers place a high premium on cultural literacy and intercultural skills, as much as or more than technical skills or expertise.
  • group photo of people at DAVA in Mexico

    Experience the diverse cultures of Oaxaca, Mexico

    taste its seven varieties of mole, chat with locals over a cup of hot chocolate, observe the mastery of an artisan using a waist loom, pedal loom, or embroidering by hand, and maybe even dance a jarabe!
  • shoes made in mexico

    Learn about pressing issues such as poverty and migration

    caused mostly by the lack of economic development in the state, and how crafted products are paving the way for the economic and social development of local communities.

Contact Us to Apply

If you have any questions or would like to apply, please email Rebekah Junkermeier.


Who is eligible for this program?

All undergraduates are eligible to apply. 5-8 students will be selected. Candidates with the following experience will be strongly considered:

  • Working with startups
  • Intermediate Spanish ability or experience working with Spanish speakers
  • Working with indigenous communities
  • Working in supply chain management positions
  • Working in professional operations
  • Working in multicultural settings
  • Collective problem solving
  • Working in economic development

What is the financial obligation for this program?

The estimated financial obligation is about $6,635 total – $4,000 GCL Scholarship = $2,635 per student*


*Additional Scholarships may be available.

Do I need to apply for the Global Career Launch Scholarship?

No, you do not need to apply. Every student who is selected for the program will receive the $4,000 Global Career Launch Scholarship.

When and how will l receive the Global Career Launch Scholarship?

Students should receive their GCL scholarship after they are fully approved to travel, generally about 2 months prior to their departure. It will be directly deposited into the account they have on file with UT, and they can check the status through Where's My Check.

What will a typical day be like?

Where will I stay during the Global Career Launch internship?

Students will stay in the Garcia family (who owns and runs DAVA Artisan Design) home in San Dionisio Ocotepec. This experience will immerse students in Oaxacan culture and way of life. The home offers simple accommodations and amenities (such as an area for storing clothing and toiletries and a side table), with a shared home bathroom and rooms exclusively for students (all rooms will be shared with other students). Though meals will be prepared by the Garcia family, students will have access to a kitchen and refrigerator as well. The DAVA worksite/workshop is across the street from the home. This is an example of the general style of the spaces available for students, though most of them will have two beds instead of one.

student room in Oaxaca, Mexico

How will I do my laundry?

There is a laundromat down the street from the home stay where you can do your laundry.

Will transportation to and from the airport be provided?

Yes, Tejiendo Alianzas (TA) will pick students up from Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca City on Monday, June 10 if you are arriving before 7:00 pm. The last day of program activities is Tuesday, July 23. Airport drop-off at Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca City is provided on Wednesday, July 24 (anytime).
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Faculty Sponsor
  • Jeff Mihm

    The faculty sponsor for this trip will be Jeff Mihm, McCombs School of Business Executive-in-Residence. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Noven Pharmaceuticals, a leading developer of transdermal prescription patches. He is now teaching international business and strategy at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.