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"The Phantom of the Opera" thrills the CCIP exchange visitors
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Thu, Jun 22, 2017 EST

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As the longest running show in Broadway history, "The Phantom of the Opera" has run continuously at the Majestic Theatre since 1988 and was the first and only musical in Broadway's history to surpass 10,000 performances. The musical has been seen by over 140 million people around the world and continues to be one of Broadway's most popular productions.

On Thursday, June 22, CCIP J-1 interns took the night to see the phenomenon for themselves. Each year, witnessing Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical is always one of the most talked-about activities among the group.

"I was really excited to see this show," Ling from Nanyang Technology University said. "I've heard the music before, but seeing a live performance was an amazing experience. It's obvious why it's still popular even after so many years."

In fact, tickets for "The Phantom of the Opera" can still be hard to come by, which is why the group leaders arranged to purchase discounted group tickets ahead of time. Twenty exchange visitors attended this show, and in July, another group will see the brand new "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" musical. Cultural outings like these are a big part of what makes CCIP a unique internship opportunity.

"It's great that I can gain career experience at my internship and still have these kinds of opportunities to enjoy New York City," Brian from the City University of Hong Kong said. "I feel like I'm getting a full experience of the city even though I'm only here for a couple months."


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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