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CCIP exchange visitors take second trip to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jul 17, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jul 17, 2016 EST

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This past Sunday, the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( returned to the Statue of Liberty. For most of the exchange visitors, this was their first chance to visit the iconic and world-renowned national monument in person. It was a hot, summer day, perfect weather for riding a ferry out into the bay. The activity was organized by two student leaders, Yinfei Xue (Sandra) and Jiaying Xie (Karwing), both students from Macau University of Science and Technology.

"Organizing this kind of activity teaches me a lot," Karwing said. "There are a lot of details involved in getting together a group of more than 20 people. Figuring out the subway was extra difficult because there were so many people out in the city. It was a good reminder that I need to always plan ahead."

The tour took them to Liberty Island where the students were able to take pictures at the pedestal and see the impressive landmark up close. Many selfies were taken with Lady Liberty watching from above.

Sandra said, "Everybody wants a picture in front of the Statue of Liberty. Even in Asia, it's one of the most famous statues. It will be great to look at them years later and remember how much fun we had today."

After visiting the statue, the tour continued on to Ellis Island where the students visited the museum and heard about the history of the island. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants arrived at Ellis Island before they were allowed to officially enter the country. The history of countless American families began at the island where surnames were often changed by immigration officers.

"It would have been really interesting to have been here back then," Karwing commented. "It makes me want to look back at my own family history and learn more than what I know now."


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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