Mexico Summer Externship Program

Summer Externships in Mexico's:

How to Participate

2018 Summer Application

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The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston assists UH law students to arrange summer internships in Mexico City through the following Mutual Cooperation Agreements:

México's National Hydrocarbons Comission (CNH)


Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, or CNH, is a decentralized agency of the Mexican government charged with regulating, overseeing, and evaluating all hydrocarbons exploration and production activities in the country.

Where do externs work?
UHLC students have externed in CHN's Legal Department, with Legal Advisors to Commissioners and in the Bidding Rounds and Regulations departments.
What do externs at CNH do? 

Students research best practices, standards, and safety regulations of shale hydraulic fracturing in North American and European countries.

 

Pemex


Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, is a government-owned oil company and is one of the few oil companies in the world that develops all the productive chain of the industry, from exploration to distribution and marketing of end products, including petrochemicals.

Where do externs work?
Pemex receives legal externs in to work at the Pemex headquarters in México City in the Legal Department of International Affairs.

What do externs at Pemex do? 
Students assist in contract drafting and research international conventions.

 

Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE)


Mexico's Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, or SRE, is the governmental agency responsible for Mexico's foreign affairs, and seeks to expand and deepen Mexico's political, economic, cultural and cooperative relationships with all regions for the benefit of integral development of all Mexicans.

Where do externs work?
The Ministry receives University of Houston Law students in the Office of the Legal Adviser in México City as well in as the Legal Affairs department, and the Department for the Protection of Mexican Nationals Abroad.

What do externs at SRE do? 
Students research issues of diplomatic immunity and review property contracts for Mexican embassies and consulates, researching and drafting on international treaties issues, and assist the supervising attorney in legal matters.

 

Mexico's Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)


Mexico's energy regulatory commission, CRE, is the entity in charge of regulating in a transparent, impartial and efficient way the gas industries, the refined oil products and electricity. Among its responsibilities include the promotion of healthy competition, encouraging adequate coverage for customers, and ensuring the quality and security of the gas supply, as well as the delivery of competitive prices to the user.

 

Summer Externships - How to Participate


How to apply next year?


  • Submit the online application, a writing sample, your resume, and an unofficial transcript.
  • Student applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with the Director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano.
  • Accepted students must attend the Center's Summer Externship Program Orientation prior to the beginning of their placement in Mexico.

For more information, email Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano alopezde@central.uh.edu

Externship Prerequisites


  • These externships are available to University of Houston law students who will have completed at least two full semesters of study in the J.D. Program, OR who will have completed at least 12 units of study in the LL.M. Program prior to the beginning of the externship.
  • Good academic standing.
  • The externships require that the student have a proficient level of Spanish fluency. If selected, you will be working with Mexican lawyers in both Spanish and English, and while perfect fluency is not required you must be able to communicate in Spanish.
  • Students accepted to the summer externship program are responsible for their own airfare, lodging and food expense during their stay in Mexico.
  • Accepted students must be able to commit to work in Mexico for 6-10 weeks.

How to Receive Academic Credit


Law students that are accepted to the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law Summer Externship Program and are placed with one of the three Mexico organizations may be eligible for academic credit.
For more information about receiving academic credit, visit the Externship Program website. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) – Eligible for academic credit
National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) - Eligible for academic credit
PemexEligible for academic credit
Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) – Eligible for academic credit

2018 Summer Externs

Huey Rey Fischer
Huey Rey Fischer is a first-year J.D. candidate at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Originally from the Texas coast, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Government and Latin American Studies. He worked in the Texas Capitol as a policy analyst, focusing on environmental regulation and farm-to-table food policy. He served two terms as the youngest member of the Texas Democratic Party's Executive Committee, and has been an organizer on over a dozen campaigns around the state. As the son of an immigrant mother from Tamaulipas, he lived in Mexico City for more than a year prior to attending UHLC.  His hope is to one day practice energy law all over Latin America. When not reading for class, he can be caught taking a bike ride to check out a new coffee shop.
Diego Saucedo
Diego Saucedo is a Mexican national, holding a law degree from Mexico, and an MBA from The National Taiwan University. Proficient in Spanish, English, and Chinese, Diego has worked in the United States, Taiwan, and Mexico. His work in Mexican Law spans Mexican agencies such as Mexican General Consulate in Houston, Promexico (Mexican International Trade Office) and SAT (Mexican Internal Revenue Service Office), along with my practice on private firms on Tax Law in Mexico. Currently, Diego is pursuing an LL.M. in LL.M. in Energy, Environmental And Natural Resources and looking for opportunities in the oil and gas law field.
Megan Rollag
Megan Rollag is a 1L student at the University of Houston Law Center. Before attending law school, Megan majored in International Studies and Spanish at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A Nebraska native, Megan enjoys reading Isabel Allende and running in her free time. Megan has worked in the Texas State Senate for the 84th Legislative Session, studied for a summer in Madrid, Spain, and maintains a student pilot's license. 
Daniel Vasquez
Daniel Vazquez is a 2L J.D. Candidate At The University Of Houston Law Center
He currently serves as the Chief Articles Editor For Board 42 Of The Houston Journal Of International Law, and Student Attorney for the Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic. Daniel is also a proud member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, the Student Bar Association, and Hispanic Law Student Association. Daniel graduated from the University Of Texas At Austin with a Bachelor Of Arts In Public Relations And Certificates In Business Foundations, Basic Mediation, Advanced Mediation, and Basic Facilitation. He is currently exploring his interests in International Energy Law and real estate transactions.
Ana Maria Hernandez-Pace
Ana is currently at the University Of Houston Law Center completing her JD. She has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Supply Chain Management From The University Of Houston's Bauer College Of Business (Magna Cum Laude). Ana spent the last two years of her undergraduate degree volunteering with Catholic Charities Cabrini Immigration Services. She has volunteered hundreds of hours with the organization and was able to help immigrants from all over the world become residents and U.S. citizens. Ana led monthly workshops for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) applicants while being a recipient herself. During her time in the law center, Ana passionately worked in the entrepreneurship and community development clinic as a student attorney with Professor Heard. As a professional, Ana focuses on providing the best customer service experience to her clients as possible. It is important for her to communicate flawlessly in Spanish, because she plans to work with Spanish speaking clients and businesses in the near future.