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  • Locations: QuerĂ©taro, Mexico
  • Program Terms: May Term
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2022 11/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Housing type: Homestay Program Provider: IWU
Year of Study: (2) Sophomore, (3) Junior, (4) Senior Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Click here for a definition of this term GPA requirement: 3.0 Area of Study: Educational Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Language Immersion: No Recommended Program: Yes
Program Type: Experiential Learning, Internship Abroad, IWU-Sponsored Click here for a definition of this term Internship: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Service-Learning: No
Program Description:
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Program Overview



The Illinois Wesleyan University Department of Educational Studies is pleased to announce a special internship opportunity with the John F. Kennedy American School of Querétaro in Mexico during the 2019  May Term. Up to two students can be selected to participate in this internship, which will include a $1100 stipend to cover expenses. Students will sign up for ED 397 (Internship) and receive course credit for the experience.
Successful applicants will be fully integrated into the daily routines of either an International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program (MYP) or Senior High School program (SYP) and be expected to attend grade level, department, and IB MYP/SYP meetings, all of which take place during the school day.  Interns will start by shadowing a master teacher for a week or more, with written reflections, and then conduct a number of different observations.  They will be performing mostly support functions, with the possibility of teaching one or two classes during their time in the field. The required number of placement hours necessary for IWU course credit is 160, for a stay of approximately four weeks.

A ten-page essay or equivalent project reflecting upon the experience will be required and the cooperating teacher will evaluate each intern's performance.


The John F. Kennedy School, the American School of Querétaro, is a private bi-cultural school in Querétaro, Mexico.  Started in 1964, the school now offers programs from the Pre-K through High School level.  Participants in this internship program will work in either the International Baccalaureate Middle Year or Senior Year programs.

The city of Santiago de Querétaro is the capital of Querétaro state, located in North-Central Mexico.  Bordered by San Luis Potosí to the north, Guanajuato to the west, Hidalgo to the east, and México and Michoacán to the south, Querétaro is one of the smallest states in Mexico -- but it is also one of the most geographically diverse.

Students will either fly into Querétaro (connecting via Houston or Dallas) or fly into Mexico City and take bus from there to Querétaro.  On arrival, students will be met by the host family and a representative of the school.


Successful applicants should have cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, as well as a GPA of 3.0 within Educational Studies courses and the major (if different). In addition, applicants should have completed at least one Educational Studies course at the time of application. Spanish-language skills are not required, but are strongly recommended. Students who have previously participated in the internship are not eligible to receive funding for a second time.

Applicants may not be on academic or social probation during the semester in which you apply for study abroad or while you are abroad.  Finally, your IWU account may not be in arrears.

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Students will register for ED 397 (Internship).  As part of the internship, students will complete a minimum of 160 hours in placement, submit a ten-page essay or equivalent academic project reflecting upon the experience, and receive an evaluation of their performance from the cooperating teacher.

Housing & Meals

Student interns will be placed with local families. All host families go through a vetting process to ensure that a good match is made for the student and the family. In terms of expenses, students will be expected to contribute $275 to the family for food.

Financial Info

Financial Aid and Scholarships

As a May Term course, regular IWU financial assistance does not apply.  However, this program is subsidized by the Educational Studies Department, and participants will receive a $1100 stipend to cover expenses.

Program Cost

Paid to IWU
2018-2019 Per Semester
May Term Tuition $675
Room $0
Subtotal - Paid to IWU $675

Estimated Additional Costs  
2018-2019 Per Semester
Meals $275
Airfare $650
Passport and Photos $110–$145
Visa $0
Vaccinations $ varies
Personal Expenses/Miscellaneous* $500
*Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase. 

Program fees and student expenses are based on preliminary estimates and are subject to change. Please contact Prof. Epstein for more information.