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CCIP exchange visitors visit Councilman Koo's office
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Fri, Jun 03, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Fri, Jun 03, 2016 EST

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On June 3rd, The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) exchange visitors went to the office of Councilman Peter Koo to gain valuable insight into the local and international political culture of the United States.

Councilman Koo was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. As a local businessman and community activist, Councilman Koo has been affectionately called the "Mayor" of Flushing because of his involvement in civics, his accessibility to the public, and for his philanthropic endeavors. He immigrated to America from Hong Kong in 1971. Among the most interesting topics for the students was how the councilman succeeded in America.

"New York, as a port city of immigrants, has many minority communities with very different needs," said Chun Yip Chan (Anson), a student at the University of Hong Kong. "So the councilman is very important for them. I felt this activity was more meaningful because of that."

Even though participation for this activity was optional, there were still many participants. "Thanks to this opportunity provided by CCIP, I was able to have a face-to-face discussion about the Hong Kong community in America with the councilman," said Sai Hong NG, (John), one of the activity leaders for the event along with Anson.

Everyone was happy to talk with Councilman Koo. The CCIP exchange visitors gained a greater understanding of the role of a United States' council member, and what role they play in community affairs. It was also a chance to see the differences between Hong Kong and the United States.


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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