Imogen White

Embassy of Mexico

I wanted to learn more about diplomacy, and Latin American, as well as practise my Spanish in a practical setting.

Working with ProMexico, the trade and investment section of the Mexican Embassy, allowed me not only to improve my Spanish language skills but apply my knowledge of economics to the tasks I completed. It also allowed me to hone my research skills in seeking specific investment information.

Working with ProMexico gave me a real insight as to how I could use the economics part of my degree, combined with language study. Every day I had a new task at the embassy, which forced me to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself everyday. Working in two languages added an extra layer of pressure, but also an extra layer of satisfaction when I completed projects. Having the opportunity to network with other diplomatic staff in Canberra also provided great insight into diplomatic culture.

Highlight: Watching the Mexico vs Brazil World Cup game was a great opportunity to get to know my embassy colleagues in a more informal setting. Conducting an independent research project to find Australian consulting services for a Mexican company, as well as translating the quarterly Macroeconomic indicators into English for ProMexico's master copy were achievements I was quite proud of. Exploring Canberra and surrounds with the other UQ interns and friends from the Mexican Embassy was also very enjoyable.

Advice: I would recommend brushing up on formal Spanish, both written and spoken, as it will make less nerve-wracking to communicate in the embassy. Otherwise, be ready to take on any task, say yes to every opportunity and enjoy Canberra!


Bachelor of Arts