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The Garden State: CCIP visits Princeton and New Jersey's largest mall
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jul 24, 2016 EST

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Over the weekend, students in the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( took a chartered bus to visit New York's neighboring state, New Jersey. Their first destination was the campus of Princeton University, a renowned Ivy League school and one of the nine colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution.

Huixin Wang (Ivy) and Jiaying Xie (Karwing), two student leaders, were in charge of organizing the activity. Ivy, who is interning at Padilla & Company, LLP, enjoyed how the university and the small town community felt so interconnected. "It's a very pretty campus and the entire town feels like it's part of the school," she said. "Princeton has a great reputation for its academics and research facilities, and I can see why so many people would want to come study here."

The trip wasn't all about the university, though. Before returning to New York, the students stopped in Elizabeth to visit Jersey Gardens, the largest outlet mall in the state, and an ideal spot for the exchange visitors to find great deals on gifts.

"Jersey Gardens was really big," marveled Karwing, who is interning at FUSIA Communications. "We walked all over the mall for hours and we still didn't see everything. I like walking by all the stores in New York, but everything is so expensive there. It was great to be able to find things here that I can take home with me."

After shopping, the students returned to Queens where, in a couple of weeks, many of them will participate in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.


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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