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CCIP exchange visitors learn about local government from Councilman Koo
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca | Tue, Jul 11, 2017 EST

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The CCIP J-1 interns ( were given a unique opportunity to meet with Councilman Peter Koo last Monday evening. The group met at the councilman's office to discuss government in New York.

Councilman Koo was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 to represent District 20, which includes parts of Flushing. Prior to joining the city council, he founded Starside Pharmacy, which has multiple locations in Queens. Due to his numerous community activities and philanthropic works, Councilman Koo has been called the "Mayor of Flushing."

The councilman shared his years of experience with the exchange visitors and introduced them to the complex political relationship between city and state governments. Originally immigrating to the United States from Hong Kong in 1971, he has a perspective on what it takes to succeed in America that was of particular interest to the group of interns.

"I admire how much Councilman Koo has accomplished in his life," a student leader stated. "He worked hard and took advantage of opportunities here in America. He's had a career that I would like to have."

The exchange visitors are in New York City to intern in a variety of career fields, including engineering, marketing, and journalism. In addition to developing professional skills, the group participates in numerous activities, such as meeting with government officials and visiting museums where they learn more about American culture, art, and politics.

After having spent the evening with the councilman, the exchange visitors expressed their appreciation for his time. One student commented, "The fact that such a busy man would take the time to meet with us really shows how much he cares about his community."


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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