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CCIP's first dragon boat practice of 2017
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jul 23, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jul 23, 2017 EST

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On July 23, twelve exchange visitors from the Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) held their first practice at Flushing Corona Park in preparation for their upcoming race at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, which is held annually in August.

Although it was their first time rowing, the students quickly adjusted to both rowing the boat and rowing as a team.

"It's challenging, of course," said Captain Carrie Chau from the City University of Hong Kong. "But we're confident that we will do well at the festival. We are pretty excited to compete."

The students plan to practice more next week to improve their speed.

"It's all about teamwork. We can't row straight or fast without working together, so that's going to be our main focus," added Captain Fernando, a first-year student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


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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