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CCIP J-1 interns shop 'til they drop at Woodbury Common
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Aug 05, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sat, Aug 05, 2017 EST

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In the final month of the program, CCIP J-1 interns ( took advantage of the great deals at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Riding a chartered bus to the massive shopping center, the exchange visitors spent Saturday afternoon picking up souvenirs for their return home.

A little over an hour north of New York City, Woodbury Common, which has 220 stores, is a popular draw for foreign tourists who can find some of the world's most popular brands at discounted prices. The interns shopped for American brands, in particular, because they are much more expensive overseas.

CCIP participates in a number of group activities throughout the summer, exposing the interns to a variety of cultural experiences. Activities include visiting museums, meeting local government officials, and volunteering at Cunningham Park.

"We've done a lot of things together as a group," one student said. "More than just having a good time in New York, I feel like I've made lifelong friends here."


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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