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CCIP exchange visitors enjoy music and fireworks at Cunningham Park
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Mon, Jun 20, 2016 EST

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The New York Philharmonic played a concert in Cunningham Park this past Monday evening. After finishing their day at their internships, the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( exchange visitors traveled to the park to experience the music along with the fireworks show that took place after the concert.

The concert series, which has been an annual event since 1965 and is presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, is a great opportunity for visitors from across the region to enjoy a relaxing night in the park and listen to the classical music of some of America's most respected composers, including Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, and George Gershwin.

"It was a beautiful concert," said Chun Yip Chan (Anson), a student from Hong Kong University. "It was nice to lay back on the grass and hear these great American songs play. It was the first time I'd heard any of this music played by a live orchestra."

The concert also provided an opportunity for the exchange visitors to mingle with the diverse crowd.

"There were children running all around with families everywhere. But there were also older people and even teenagers. I feel like I saw a whole spectrum of classical music lovers," said Tsz Kwan Kong (Tiffany), one of the activity leaders for the event along with Anson.

Once the concert had finished, the evening concluded with a brilliant fireworks display that filled up the night sky. It was a dazzling way to end the show and a chance for the attendees to talk while they enjoyed the warm summer air.


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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