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CCIP exchange visitors experience Les Misérables
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Tue, Jul 19, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Tue, Jul 19, 2016 EST

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The Cross Cultural Exchange Program ( has returned to Broadway, this time to see the world-renowned musical, "Les Misérables," based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The show, in its current run since 2014, is playing at the Imperial Theatre, which opened in 1924. The story is about a French peasant in the early 19th-century who is hounded by a police inspector, yet despite the bleak plot, the musical is one of the most popular in the world and is the second longest running show in Broadway's history.

Twenty-seven students attended the activity on July 19th, which was lead by Ying Huang (Rain) and Mingchen Sun (Victor), both students from Macau University of Science and Technology.

"I've been here for a month now," Victor said, "and I feel like I'm starting to understand the city better. Helping to organize this activity was a good test for us and I think Rain and I passed. I feel really good about what I'm learning not just at my internship but in the program, too."

The students were able to get discounted group tickets to the show which made it possible for more of them to experience one of New York's most famous attractions.

"Seeing a show on Broadway is one of those things that everyone should do at least once," Rain said. "I had been looking forward to this night ever since I arrived, and it did not disappoint. The acting and the costumes were very impressive. This was the best show I've ever been to, and I'm very glad I get to check this off of my to-do list."


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 the¬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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