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CCIP J-1 Interns at the NYPD 109th Precinct BBQ
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Wed, Jun 14, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Wed, Jun 14, 2017 EST

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This past Wednesday, CCIP J-1 interns ( were welcomed to a summer BBQ hosted by the New York Police Department's 109th Precinct Community Council.

The 109th precinct covers a culturally diverse population and includes the neighborhoods of Queensboro Hill, College Point, East Flushing, and Downtown Flushing, where the exchange visitors are staying while interning in New York City. The 109th Precinct Community Council is a nonprofit that works directly with the NYPD and serves as a liaison between the department and the community that it protects.

At the BBQ, the CCIP J-1 interns mingled with police officers and community activists and enjoyed delicious food and learned about the efforts the council and NYPD make to maintain an open dialogue with the community. They also shared about their experiences in the J-1 Internship program as well as what life is like for them back home.

"I had a lot of fun tonight," said Julian from Nanyang Technological University. "Knowing that the police are so involved in the community here makes me feel more secure. I really enjoyed getting to know them. The members of the council were very welcoming to us, too – they made us feel like we are not just visitors, but actually part of the community."


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 the¬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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