The internship has always been a door opener. For Mr. Donnison, a Spanish speaker, the work experience is part of his degree in language, politics, and international studies at the University of Bath. He could have stayed much closer to home but says he wanted to get away from tired Spain, where the unemployment rate is over 20 percent.
Donnison scored the internship through a new company called Intern Latin America, which is trying to capitalize on what founder David Lloyd says is a growing interest in working in Latin America.
Mr. Lloyd created the outfit last year, based on his own positive experience in the region. While he landed an internship at Rolex in Argentina through connections, it's a path he recognizes most people can't depend upon.
So far the company has placed dozens of interns in law firms, fashion companies, banks, and government offices in Colombia and Argentina. Intern Latin America is now expanding into Chile and plans to do the same in Mexico and Brazil, which just surpassed the United Kingdom as the world's sixth-largest economy.
"We see Brazil and Mexico as two definite places to be," Lloyd says. "People are well aware that the opportunities outside the UK might far surpass the opportunities inside the UK. They want to get exposure to that."
The economic rise of Brazil makes it an obvious choice, he says, and Mexico has a pioneer-feel to it. "Mexico is going through a somewhat difficult time with the security situation," he says, "[But] Mexico would be highly attractive for a young, ambitious student."
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