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CCIP returns to Broadway for "The Phantom of the Opera"
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Wed, Aug 02, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Wed, Aug 02, 2017 EST

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In its second session, the Cross Cultural Internship ( returned to the Majestic Theatre to see Broadway's longest running show, "The Phantom of the Opera." The group of J-1 interns were enthralled by the spectacle of the beloved musical that has entertained audiences all over the world.

"It's one of the most famous shows in the world," said one student of "The Phantom of the Opera." "To see it here in New York City was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Debuting in London in 1986, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical then opened on Broadway in 1988 where it has remained ever since. Having grossed nearly a billion dollars in New York City alone, the worldwide phenomenon includes ornate designs and an iconic score that mixes opera with traditional musical forms.

While the exchange visitors are interning at organizations throughout New York City, they have numerous opportunities to partake in the city's unique cultural offerings.

"The great part about CCIP is that I've met a lot of people and seen so much of the local culture," one student said. "I feel like I actually live 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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