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CCIP exchange visitors take advantage of the deals at Woodbury Commons
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Aug 14, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Aug 14, 2016 EST

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As the end of the summer approaches for the Cross Cultural Internship Program (, students are enjoying the last of the remaining group activities. This past Sunday, many of them traveled together to Woodbury Commons, one of the largest outlet centers in the country. It was a chance to shop for deals while also enjoying one of the final weekends in New York.

"It's really hard to believe that the internship is already almost over," admitted Jingyun Cao (Cara) who will be returning to Macau University of Science and Technology next semester. "It went by fast, but in the process I made a lot of great friends and had such a good time. I really feel like I have a better idea of what I want to do in my career after my internship." Cara is interning with C & L Accounting, Inc., and is studying business administration in Macau.

Woodbury Commons is located in Central Valley in the town of Woodbury, New York. With 220 different shops that offer discounted prices on major name brands, all in a massive outdoor shopping plaza, the center attracts countless shoppers, both local and abroad.

The CCIP exchange visitors traveled by bus, a one and a half hour trip that was organized by both Cara and Li En Chua (Leanne), who studies at Nanyang Technological University.

"There were so many stores at Woodbury Commons," Leanne said. "I could have spent a whole day there, but I still found a lot to buy." Thinking back on her summer, she added, "I've really enjoyed the variety of activities we've done this summer. Seeing Broadway shows and attending a real Native American powwow were highlights."

CCIP's final week ends on August 27th, at which time preparation will begin for 2017.


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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