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CCIP J-1 Interns create unique paper cut gifts for their hosts
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Jun 17, 2017
BY | Sat, Jun 17, 2017 EST

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It is a Cross Cultural Internship Program tradition to give out paper cut honors to host organizations and supporters at their annual Recognition Ceremony. The paper cut gifts are hand-made by selected students, with each year involving a unique theme. This year's theme was the Year of the Rooster, symbolizing the hope and excitement of the students as they gain new cultural appreciation as exchange visitors.

This year's design was created by Kelly Hao from Nanyang Technology University. The execution team for the creation of the gifts was made up of all Session A students and was led by Jimeng, Grace, Gutz, Julian, Ellis, Basil, Rice, Karen, and David, students from various universities in East Asia.

"Creating the paper cuts was a lot harder than I first expected it to be, but it was worth it. I really appreciate the meaningful impact that my host had on me and I wanted to give something back," said Student Leader, Julian from Nanyang Technology University.

Gutz, another student leader who attends the City University of Hong Kong, added, "I usually don't do arts and crafts. However, there was a lot of meaning to this and it was really fulfilling. I hope all the hosts will love their frames as much as we had fun making them!"


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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