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NYPD officers explain how to stay safe in New York City
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Fri, Jul 15, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Fri, Jul 15, 2016 EST

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With the help of the New York Police Department, CCIP organized a safety briefing to educate the new arrivals about personal safety tips for reducing instances of crime and spotting potential scams. With their safety being a top priority, this was a great way for the students to learn how to navigate the city's streets and subways without becoming a victim.

Officer Semler spoke for about an hour, explaining what types of behaviors make visitors most susceptible to thieves and other criminals. He illustrated his talk with stories about past victims and explained how a few simple precautions could have made all the difference.

"When you hear about New York City, you are always told it's a big city and there are a lot of dangers," said Tsz Ki Tang (Crystal), a student leader from Hong Kong who is interning at CMP. "It was very reassuring to have the officer give advice on how to stay safe and how to avoid scams."

The briefing lasted around an hour and then the students returned to their evening. With many plans for the rest of the summer and a lot of opportunities to travel around the city, the students were clearly happy to have good advice for staying safe.

"I wouldn't want to miss out on enjoying the city just because I was worried about something bad happening," Crystal added. "There's just too much exciting stuff here."


The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a cultural exchange internship program that takes place in New York City every year. It is dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial East-West cultural exchange, targeting exchange visitors from Asia and the Pacific region.

CCIP provides exchange visitors and host organizations the opportunity to exchange insights, ideas, and experiences. Through the program, participants acquire practical knowledge and cultural experiences, and host organizations connect with the international community and stay abreast of trends in the global marketplace.

CCIP is organized by FUSIA Communications, one of the approximately 98 J-1 intern designated visa sponsors in the nation. FUSIA is responsible for the selection of interns as well as supporting and monitoring theĀ¬m during the program.

CCIP is a structured, full-placement internship program. Since 2008, CCIP has provided internship opportunities to over 850 exchange visitors. In 2015, 71 students were selected out of 1050 applicants. They were matched to 20-plus host organizations of diverse disciplines including government district offices, law firms, publishing houses, media firms, advertising agencies, real estate agencies, and more.

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