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Saying "Hi" to Mayor de Blasio
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Tue, Jul 18, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Tue, Jul 18, 2017 EST

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CCIP participant Karen Ng, who is a J-1 intern at NYS Senator Stavisky's office, attended the City Resource Fair on July 18, 2017 ( and had an opportunity to take a photo with Mayor Bill de Blasio at the event.

"Interning in the district office of NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky gives me opportunities to gain greater insight about the American community. I thought I would just attend one of the events with the senator, so I was so surprised to see the mayor there," said Karen.

Karen Ng is a year 3 student studying marketing in the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong. She is interning in New York City for 14 weeks.

Before taking this internship, I wouldn't have believed that I would have done this," added Karen.

"I was initially nervous but the program advisors emphasize the importance of leaving our comfort zones, so I approached the mayor and introduced myself. Taking a photo with the mayor was exciting and it felt like a life milestone."


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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