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Exchange visitors volunteer at Cunningham Park
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Jun 03, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sat, Jun 03, 2017 EST

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The CCIP J-1 interns ( arrived at Cunningham Park on Saturday morning to offer their services to keep the park beautiful. Cunningham Park is one of the largest in Queens and offers sports fields, bike paths, hiking trails, and plenty of wide open space for residents to enjoy.

At over 350 acres, keeping Cunningham Park clean is a massive undertaking that requires the assistance of volunteers. The exchange visitors raked leaves, picked up trash, and assisted generally with park maintenance. Members of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation were also on hand to guide the group and provide insight into the city's sprawling park system.

"The park was so big, I had no idea," Samantha from the Education University of Hong Kong said. "It's really beautiful and so nicely maintained. There are all kinds of facilities throughout the park, and most of the work to keep them clean is done by volunteers like us."

In its efforts to introduce participants to core American values, CCIP offers the exchange visitors opportunities to experience volunteerism. For many of the program's participants, this inspired them to seek out more such opportunities when they return home.

Marilyn from the Chinese University of Hong Kong said, "It felt good to see our effort make a difference. This opportunity to volunteer and take part in the community beyond my internship was really a lot of fun."


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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