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CCIP visits the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jun 18, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jun 18, 2017 EST

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On Saturday, CCIP J-1 interns ( rode the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. One of the most iconic symbols in America, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and designated as a New York City Landmark in 1976. The copper statue stands at 151 feet tall in New York Harbor.

For the exchange visitors, it was an opportunity to see in person a monument that has been photographed countless times by millions of visitors each year. The group took plenty of their own photos while riding the ferry and as they stood beneath Lady Liberty.

Sophie from the City University of Hong Kong remarked, "I've seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty my whole life, so I was very excited to see it in person. I think I took a hundred photos."

After visiting the statue, the ferry continued to Ellis Island, the former immigrant arrival station where over 12 million new arrivals were processed from 1892 to 1954. The island, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now houses the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

"Learning what it was like to immigrate to America through Ellis Island was fascinating," said Marilyn from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "I really enjoy seeing all the photographs and artifacts from history."


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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