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CCIP's exchange visitors attend the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Mon, May 29, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Mon, May 29, 2017 EST

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For Memorial Day, the Cross Cultural Internship Program's (, an EVP J-1 intern program sponsored by FUSIA, exchange visitors attended in the 90th Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. The largest of its kind in the nation, the parade that takes place in Queens, New York, recognizes veterans and those who have fallen in combat. The festivities included a closing ceremony to celebrate special honorees and a performance by The Blue Aces, a cover band made up of active US Air Force members.

This outing was led by two student leaders who helped plan the departure time and the pre-parade lunch. CCIP's student leaders oversee group activities and administrative duties.

The exchange visitors gathered before the parade, which started at 2 pm, and traveled to the location by pus. At the parade, the exchange visitors enjoyed meeting locals and learning more about America's history.

People travel from all over the region to come to the parade, so there was an assortment of attendees through which the exchange visitors could appreciate America's diversity.

"People always say America is a melting pot," one of the students remarked, "and being at this parade, I can see what they mean."

As this was also only the first or second weekend in the program for all of the exchange visitors, the parade was an ideal outing for the students from a variety of schools across Asia to get to know each other better.

"To see everyone gathered together for Memorial Day was really nice," another student commented. "It felt like a really important thing to experience while I'm here."


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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