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Happy Hour: CCIP exchange visitors get to know each other over food and drinks
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Thu, Jun 09, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Thu, Jun 09, 2016 EST

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After a long day at their respective internships, the Cross Cultural Internship Program's ( group of exchange visitors came together at Oo Bar & Lounge for some happy hour revelry. Located in the heart of Flushing, Oo Bar is situated on the rooftop of the One Boutique Hotel and offers great views of the city. Happy Hour, which runs from 5pm to 8pm, is a nice time to gather for discounted drinks and food while chatting about New York life.

Organized by three student leaders, Jia Duo (Emerald), Yinjie Hua (Joyce), and Sai Hong Ng (John), the students gathered on a Thursday evening, returning to Queens after their internships which are spread throughout the boroughs of New York City.

Joyce is interning at Colon & Peguero LLP with a focus in commercial litigation and business law. It's a demanding but rewarding experience. "Being here in New York and getting firsthand experience in my field is a dream come true," Joyce said. "Having this group in the CCIP going through these experiences with me makes it even better, because I don't feel alone and we can do fun things like happy hour together."

"We had a lot of fun at the bar," said John, a student from the University of Hong Kong. "There is so much to do in this city and I'm excited for our trips to Boston and Washington DC. But for me, a relaxing night spending time with friends and telling jokes is just as great. We're coming together as a group and getting to know each other."

Organizing an activity like this is good experience, said Emerald who is learning about integrated marketing at Sing Tao New York. "I joined the Student Advisory Board because I want to develop as a leader. I have many opportunities while I'm here to improve my leadership skills and get better at time management. These are skills that will only make me stronger when I start my career."


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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