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On-campus pre-departure orientation for summer exchange visitors
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Apr 01, 2017
BY Jason Nuckolls (FUSIA) | Sat, Apr 01, 2017 EST

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The past week (April 1 through 7), representatives from FUSIA, the organizer of CCIP, made a trip to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau to conduct pre-departure orientations for the prospective exchange visitors coming this summer to intern in New York City.

The first two orientations were held at the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong on Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of April, to meet with students from Hong Kong as well as student leaders. This was followed by another orientation meeting with 13 students from the University of Macau and Macau University of Science and Technology. Then on Friday, an orientation was held with students from Nanyang University in Singapore.

Each pre-departure briefing lasted three hours. Responsible Officer Elizabeth Kay greeted students, went over important reminders, and led a Q & A with the students. Student leaders, about 30 percent of the cohort, also learned about group expectations and discussed activities for summer.

Aside from the mandatory meetings, there were also alumni gatherings. In Singapore, alumni met at the Newton Food Center, practically a standard venue for such meetings, and past students shared personal updates.


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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