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CCIP welcomes the first interns of 2017
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, May 21, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, May 21, 2017 EST

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The ninth year of the Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) officially launched on May 20 with the arrival of the first group of student interns. This year, the program includes 74 interns split almost evenly across two sessions. The new arrivals were excited to begin what will surely be a fun and educational summer experience.

On their first weekend in New York City, the interns had the opportunity to explore their new surroundings, in particular Flushing, Queens, where they are staying at the adjacent Asiatic and Super Lake hotels. The neighborhood is one of the most culturally diverse in the entire city and offers the interns an opportunity to interact with business leaders and citizens from all over the world.

The general manager of the Super Lake Hotel, Lily Yuan, stopped by to welcome the group, while Fred Fu, president of the Flushing Development Center, helped highlight the sites on a tour. The interns also had the opportunity to set up bank accounts at the local TD Bank branch.

On Sunday afternoon, May 21, the interns gathered for an orientation led by Elizabeth Kay, the Responsible Officer and founder of CCIP. At the orientation, the group discussed important topics and reviewed information previously provided at their on-campus pre-departure orientations. They also received matching program t-shirts.

"I'm so excited to be here," said Zhao Yi Ye (Grace), one of the group leaders for CCIP. "Having the chance to intern in New York City is so great, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the other interns better."

Following the orientation, Elizabeth took the group leaders to dinner. There she praised their hard work and efforts and discussed what types of enriching opportunities and challenges the group could expect throughout the summer. CCIP is set to reach its first decade with a talented and enthusiastic group of interns.


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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