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CCIP's exchange visitors enjoy the Gay Pride Parade
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jun 25, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jun 25, 2017 EST

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On Sunday, June 25, New York City's annual Gay Pride Parade marched through the city from Midtown to the West Village. The event has become one of the city's biggest celebrations, and it draws participants and observers from all around the world to celebrate gay culture and tolerance. The parade is the culmination of Gay Pride Week and is always an exuberant and star-studded event.

This year, the Cross Cultural Internship Program (, an EVP J-1 Intern program sponsored by FUSIA, was in attendance, as a group of exchange visitors traveled into the city to see the parade. It was the first year the program has attended the parade, and it definitely made an impression on the visitors.

"There are so many participants," Basil from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology said. "It was such an eye-opening experience considering the parade here in the States is so much larger in scale than that in Hong Kong."

CCIP affords the exchange visitors many opportunities to experience American culture firsthand. For many of the participants, this is their first time in the United States, so they are gaining a brand new perspective on America.

"Every week, I'm seeing a new part of America," said Dora from the Hong Kong Shue Yan University. "America is a place where each and every individual's rights are being valued."


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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