National Electoral Institute

The National Electoral Institute (NEI) is the autonomous public institution responsible for organizing democratic elections, guaranteeing the exercise of the political-electoral rights of citizens and promoting democratic development in Mexico.

Intern Responsibilities

  • Organize elections

    • A strategic objective is to comply with one of the main purposes of the new electoral system: standardize the standards with which electoral processes are organized and thus guaranteeing the exercise of the political-electoral rights of citizens and promting democractic development in Mexico 

  • Process the Voter's ID

    • The Voter's ID is an identity document used by millions of people to identify themselves as Mexican citizens and exercise their right to vote in our country and abroad. It is processed free of charge and has multiple security controls. 

  • Promote equality and non-discrimination

    • It has the obligation to promote, respect, and guarantee human rights, thus mainstreaming the perspective of gender equality and non-discrimination in the exercise of political rights

Internship Description

Gender and non-discrimination unit

  • Comparative study of policies in Latin America for the inclusion of vulnerable groups 

  • The project is to conduct a comparative analytical study of the policies by electoral institutions in Latin America related to the inclusion of citizen priority attention groups, in order to find their suitability to implement them in Mexico to strengthen political rights and democracy 

  • You will work under the Technical Unit for Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination

  • The intern will receive individual tutoring and will have the opportunity to attend meetings by senior stakeholders who will present national efforts and results 

Intern Responsibilities 

  • Assist in research, drafting policy documents, internal research notes on public policies and initiatives carried out in other countries and institutions

  • Contribute to the development of affirmative action strategies and measures and strategic actions to promote the inclusion of citizenship

  • Help with the drafting of the Final Report of the elaborated research, including the preparation of meetings, background research, data entry and internal reports 

National Civic Culture Strategy 

  • This project focuses on the implementation of the National Civic Culture Strategy (ENCCIVICA), a nationwide public policy strategy coordinated, designed in implemented by the NEI. Its aim is to promote understanding and participation in public issues in a democratic context. 

  • For this project, you will work under the Executive Direction of Electoral training and Civic education

  • The intern will receive individual tutoring and will have the opportunity to attend meetings with senior stakeholders who will present national efforts and results

Intern Responsibilities 

  • Assist in research, drafting policy documents, and creating strategies to best achieve ENCCIVICA's goals

  • Research and document relevant experiences for internal discussion

  • Help with the preparation of meetings, background research, data entry, and internal reports

Electronic voting mechanisms

  • This project focuses on the implementation of the use of electronic voting in the next federal election of 2021. Until now, Mexico uses only paper ballots that are singly counted. The use of electronic devices presents a lot of challenges. 

  • For this project, you will work under the Executive Direction of Electoral organization

  • The intern will receive individual tutoring and will have the opportunity to attend meetings with senior stakeholders who will present national efforts and results 

Intern Responsibilities

  • Assist in research, drafting policy documents, and designing the strategy to do a pilot application of electronic voting in the next elections

  • Research and document relevant experiences for internal discussion

  • Help with the preparation of meetings, background research, data entry, and internal reports

Federal Registry 

  • This project objective is to develop a public policy to create a national identity document for minors. In Mexico, the voter's ID is a nationally accepted identification document, but it is only available to people who have turned 18 years old. The NEI wants to strengthen the right to identity of children and teenagers, therefore it is working to develop a strategy to provide with an ID for minors

  • For this project, you will work under the Executive Direction of the Federal Registry

  • The intern will receive individual tutoring and will have the opportunity to attend meetings with sernior stakeholders who will present national efforts and results

Intern Responsibilities 

  • Assist in research, drafting policy documents, and designing the strategy create and provide minors with an official identity document

  • Research and document relevant experiences for internal discussion

  • Help with the preparation of meetings, background research, data entry, and internal reports 

Information Systems 

  • The NEI is working on the implementation of a model of electronic vcoting through the Internet for Mexicans residing abroad. It is planned that it operates in the 2021 elections. The intern will be working on the implementation of a system of electronic vote through the Internet, specifically from a cryptographic and security point of view

Intern Responsibilities

  • During the internship, you will analyze the voting schema, the cryptographic algorithms used, the application of network protocols mixture, and the use of blockchain as a part of the system

Intern Qualifications

Gender and non-discrimination unit

  • This project is ideal for anyone looking for a career in political science, human rights, and electoral studies. You will be exposed to a variety of advocacy efforts and gender equality and non-discrimination policies and national inclusion policies implemented during the elections in Mexico. Advanced Spanish is required

National Civic Culture Strategy

  • This project seeks a major in public policy, political science, education, sociology, or similar fields. Advanced Spanish is required

Electronic voting mechanisms

  • This project seeks a major in public policy, political science, education, sociology, or simplar fields. Advanced Spanish is required

Federal Registry 

  • This project seeks a major in public policy, political science, education, sociology, or similar fields. Advanced Spanish is required

Information Systems

  • Any cryptography related major, focused on the application of information systems. Experience with the application of cryptographic algorithms based on number theory or elliptic curves (C/C++, Java) is desirable and knowledge of Blockchain and an intermediate level of Spanish