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CCIP students learn about the US government in the nation's capitol
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Fri, Jun 24, 2016 EST

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Over 40 students from the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( traveled to the nation's capital, Washington DC. The city is the base of the federal government, with all three branches - the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial - centered there. This visit offered the exchange visitors greater insight into the American government and a chance to expand their cultural experience.

Organized by six members of the group's Student Advisory Board, the students boarded a chartered bus early on Friday morning in order to arrive in DC to watch sessions of both the Senate and Congress.

Yilin Wang (Linda), who is interning with FUSIA Communications and was one of the activity's leader, was excited to see the process by which the US government passes laws. "In Asia, we hear a lot about the US government and the presidential election," Linda said. "Visiting DC in person made it feel more."

The students then met with Congresswoman Grace Meng, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives for New York State. She was available for a meet-and-greet in which the students had their pictures taken and were given a more detailed explanation of what a member of congress does. It was a chance to learn about the process of American democracy while gaining an understanding of the role of a politician.

After touring Capitol Hill, both the home of Congress and one of the city's most historic and famous neighborhoods, the group saw more of DC. "It's a beautiful city," said Wing Yan Li (Priscilla), an intern at Crystal McKenzie, Inc. "There aren't the tall buildings like New York has, so you can see a lot more of the city. Just knowing that the president of the United States lives here makes it feel special."

With cameras in hand, the students relished seeing the famous landmarks and visiting DC's many world-renowned museums. The capital is frequently ranked as the best city in the country for museums. With free admission at most of the museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, everyone could find something that met their interests.

Yiwen Dong, one of the activity organizers, felt like the trip was a great success. "We did so much in just a couple of days. Planning this activity for such a large group, we wanted to see as much as possible and I think we did that. The group took a lot of pictures, so it will be fun to look back on these memories of this trip."

After two days in DC, the students returned to New York City where they are interning at various companies throughout the city, including engineering firms, advertising agencies, and government offices. Over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, the students will travel to Niagara Falls and Boston.


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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