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CCIP visits the 9/11 Museum and one world observatory
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Fri, Jun 09, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Fri, Jun 09, 2017 EST

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Erected in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the One World Trade Center now stands in their place as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Tens of millions of visitors from all over the world have come to the 9/11 memorial since it opened in 2011.

On Tuesday evening, exchange visitors from the Cross Cultural Internship Program (, an EVP J-1 intern program sponsored by FUSIA, gathered in Manhattan after their respective internships to visit the building along with the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The activity leaders arrived early to get complimentary tickets to the museum. The 9/11 Memorial plaza consists of two reflecting pools and waterfalls, each about an acre in size, that sit in the bases of the fallen Twin Towers. In the museum, the students witnessed solemn memorials to all those who lost their lives in the attacks as well as a historical exhibition outlining the events of the day and the history of the buildings.

"We reserved the tickets ahead of time. I am grateful that we had the opportunity to come and see this exhibit for free as I learned a great deal," said Zhaoyi Ye, a student leader who studies at the University of Macau.

After the museum, the group crossed to the One World Trade Center and rode the high-speed elevators to the observation deck. The exchange visitors excitedly took photos as the sun began to set in the distance, creating absolutely stunning vistas as far as the eye could see.

For the exchange visitors, this evening was a chance to learn both about the city's tragic past and its resilient spirit. It is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

"The city is impressive from any height," expressed another student leader, "but seeing it from 100 stories up was amazing. I was in awe."


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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