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CCIP interns visit Mermaids on land
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Jun 18, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sat, Jun 18, 2016 EST

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The CCIP exchange visitors had one of the more unique experiences of their summer this past weekend when they traveled to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade. As one of the most eclectic and iconic events held in the city, the Mermaid Parade is led by King Neptune and Queen Mermaid and includes an assortment of revelers wearing all manner of colorful and shiny costumes.

"This may be the most unusual thing I've ever gone to," said activity leader, Mingye Li (Zooey). "We had talked about what the event would be before we got there, but I still wasn't prepared. I can see why people come back year after year."

The event, which draws hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators, is the largest art parade in the country and mixes ancient mythology with honky-tonk for a truly unique experience. Since its inception in 1983, the parade has become one of the most talked about summer rituals in the city. The parade also provides a showcase for over 3,000 artists from the five boroughs to display their art.

"I really enjoyed the art," said Yifeng Yang (Ethan), the other activity leader. "Some of it was bizarre and some of it was really beautiful, but all of it was fun to look at. It would be impossible to group it under one label, other than 'American.'"

"I don't think I could describe the Mermaid Parade to my friends back home," Zooey added with a laugh.


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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