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CCIP students learn about the Singapore Mission in New York
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Thu, Jun 09, 2016
BY Elizabeth Kay (FUSIA) | Thu, Jun 09, 2016 EST

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On Thursday evening, exchange visitors of the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( had a unique opportunity to learn about the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore, one of only two permanent missions that Singapore maintains. Students from Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore spent the evening meeting with Joseph Teo, the Deputy Permanent Representative of UN Matters.

Mr. Teo spoke with the students on a variety of topics that relate to his duties at the United Nations as well as the particular challenges and cultural particulars of the mission. Singapore joined the UN in 1965 as the 117th member and, in addition to New York, has a permanent mission in Geneva.

This activity was organized by NTU student, Hui Xian Sim, who is interning at Aithent Inc. for seven weeks. Hui Xian is a member of the Student Advisory Board, which is tasked with helping to organize the various activities that the group does, whether they be group gatherings, an evening outing to Broadway, or trips out of the state.

"Mr. Teo was very informative," Hui Xian said. "It would be fascinating to be in his position, living in a foreign country but still having a connection to my home. The Mission helps people from Singapore who come here have an easier transition. I think it's very important work that Mr. Teo does here."

The group of Singaporean students join others from Hong Kong, Macau, and China in the internship program, which seeks to bridge the gap between cultures so that everyone involved gains a greater acceptance of the global community. In July, the students will attend the 38th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow to experience Native American culture firsthand.


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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