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CCIP students march with NYC Comptroller Stringer in the Annual Ecuadorian Day Parade
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Aug 06, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Aug 06, 2017 EST

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Thousands of people lined up along the streets of Jackson Heights on Sunday to watch the annual Ecuadorian Day Parade. The parade celebrates Ecuadorian Independence Day which falls on August 10.

CCIP J-1 Interns ( took part in this parade by marching with New York City Comptroller, Scott. M. Stringer and staff from his office. This was a great opportunity for exchange visitors to experience the city's melting pot of diverse ethnic and cultural influences that included traditional dances, beauty queens, and colorful floats.

"It was my first time joining an Ecuadorian activity," said Hayley Chau, a student from the University of Hong Kong. "I enjoyed watching the expressive dances and taking photos with the local performers. It was a rare opportunity for me to get to know about this culture."

Comptroller Stringer, who graciously invited the CCIP interns to this unique experience, is a native of New York who has been serving the city for over two decades, including many years as a state assemblyman and as Manhattan Borough President. He has been the Comptroller since 2013.

"I appreciated the chance to join this activity," another student, Ka Yee Lam, said. "People with multi-cultural backgrounds were gathered on the street and celebrating the Ecuadorian Independence Day together. I'd never seen something like this before in Hong Kong."


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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