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About CCIP
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Summer internship in New York City

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The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a summer internship program administered by FUSIA Communications, a designated visa sponsor of the US Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Intern). Since 2008, CCIP has served over 850 exchange visitors from Asia.

Purposes: CCIP is a stepping stone for Asian exchange visitors to acquire practical experience and gain insights into American society, values, norms, people, business practices, and professional culture. It is also the cultural gateway for US host companies and organizations to connect with the international community and stay abreast of trends in the global marketplace.

Mission: The mission of this dynamic transcultural collaboration is to foster the growth of the exchange visitors' global mindset and promote mutually beneficial cultural exchange between the US and nations of Asia and the Pacific.

Goals: Exchange visitors fulfill their roles by interning and taking part in self-organized immersive cultural experiences offering a greater understanding of western society. Host organizations also benefit by being more engaged with today's global economy and with the different views and ideas from the interns' individual cultural backgrounds.

Partners: CCIP works in collaboration with accredited post-secondary institutions in Asia and the Pacific region as well as qualified host companies and organizations located in New York and New Jersey (within a 35-mile radius of Queens, New York).


1. Train young professionals to become contributing members and leaders of the future global economy through a structured and guided internship program

2. Play a unique role in fostering understanding and relations between the people of the US and citizens of Asia and the Pacific region

3. Collaborate with individuals and organizations that share a global mindset and have similar goals in promoting mutually beneficial cultural exchange and supporting the growth of the next generation

4. Maintain an intimate, integrated, and interactive program culture and administration especially tailored to Asian exchange visitors

5. Emphasize the importance of both professional and cultural experiences, striking a balance between hard skills and soft skills as well as teamwork, leadership, professionalism, positivity, and cultural sensitivity


The program's operational team has diverse yet consistent experience encompassing both international backgrounds and an emphasis on media, the corporate world, and creative industries.

Elizabeth Kay, Principal - Elizabeth, the founder of FUSIA, is a seasoned strategist and web programmer with diverse experience. She first came to New York on her own at the age of 15 to attend high school on Long Island. In college, she studied Accounting and Computer Science. She worked in nonprofit, publishing, event planning, and advertising as a marketing manager for high-profile clients such as Citibank, MetLife, Delta, Johnnie Walker, Denny's, and MCI. After completing her MBA in Strategic Marketing and Communications, she started FUSIA in 2002.

Nampyo Hong, Chief Relationship Officer - Nampyo graduated from Hunter College with a major in Film and minor in Chinese. Before immigrating to the United States 20 years ago, he studied and worked in the tourism industry in Korea. Nampyo's main role at FUSIA is to establish new initiatives and maintain quality relationships with all professional contacts.

Jason Nuckolls, Communications Director - Jason started with FUSIA in 2013 and oversees all communication needs from press releases to program guides and correspondence to contract editing. With his MFA in Mass Media Writing from the University of Southern California, Jason has worked as a journalist and editor for both online and in-print publications at the regional, national, and international levels. Having studied abroad in college in Paris, he enjoys working within the international parameters of FUSIA.

Eric Lee, Office Manager - Eric has been with FUSIA since 2007. His main role with FUSIA centers on accounting, certification, and contract matters. He is an Alternative Responsible Officer for the CCIP J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, where his main duties are quality control and playing an active dual diligence role to ensure compliance. He received his Engineering degree in Korea and is currently pursuing an MBA degree in Accounting.

Heesuk Chae, Executive Assistant - Originally from Incheon, South Korea, Heesuk has a unique background and diverse interests. At Inha University in Korea, she studied Political Science. In New York, she studied drama and earned a Bachelor of Art and Science in Theatre. Heesuk speaks fluent Korean and English, and is an Alternative Responsible Officer for FUSIA's CCIP J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

CCIP came into existence through a flow of events that led the founder, Elizabeth Kay, to realize that a special niche in the world of cultural exchange was not being filled. She, in turn, organized a program that caters to the needs of Asian students interested in broadening their cultural horizons and professional skill sets.

During the Northeast's infamous 2003 blackout, CCIP founder Elizabeth Kay came across a former co-worker from a publishing company who mentioned that two interns from Hong Kong became helpless during the blackout and needed local support. She met with the two girls and learned about their overseas internship, which was not a popular choice for students at that time. In a casual chat with a Hong Kong university principal, she mentioned that she felt sympathy for the girls' experience and could offer help in case of contingency situations. The principal was amazed by her diverse background, and asked her to take on students for the university.

Her reputation grew like this until 2008, when the J-1 Intern category was introduced by the Department of State. CCIP became the first internship program catering to university students from Asia and the Pacific region, initially partnering with three universities. The program now has nine partner universities and an annual group of approximately 70 interns.

The program has achieved many successes, both on organizational and cultural levels, and it continues to add to its list of milestones with every year.

2008: FUSIA launched CCIP with 78 participants from three universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. The students had summer internships at 11 host organizations in New York and New Jersey.

2009: The CCIP Program grew to 100 participants and 29 host organizations. FUSIA organized the Taste of Harlem, providing students a glimpse of the variety alive within the history, literature, dance, food and music of Harlem.

2010: The partner university total expanded to 7 with 130 participants. FUSIA organized the first annual Recognition Ceremony at the Cornell Club, connecting participants with the local community.

2011: CCIP participation grew to 135 students and 37 host organizations. The Recognition Ceremony became a bigger, more widely attended event. Former Manhattan Borough President declared August 16th, 2011, the "Cross Cultural Internship Day" at New York City Surrogate's Court.

2013: CCIP participation jumped to 142 students. FUSIA was awarded the New York Mets' Spirit Award in recognition of its successful accomplishments in connecting exchange visitors with the local community. Toward the end of the year, FUSIA officially became a designated visa sponsor in the J-1 Intern category.

2014: During the first year of its new designation, FUSIA accepted 69 exchange visitors (a reduced number based on quota control), chosen from almost 1100 applications.

2015: Participation has increased from 69 to 71 students, chosen from chosen from almost 1100 applications.

CCIP welcomes the opportunity to work with qualified host organizations in the US to offer structured and guided internship opportunities to exchange visitors.

CCIP hosts are predominantly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from varied industry backgrounds, such as advertising, media, real estate, business consulting, scientific research, engineering, law, transportation, non-profit, government, etc.

CCIP offers internship positions in each of the following J-1 Intern Occupational Categories:

Management, Business, Commerce and Finance

- Marketing, PR, Communications
- Operational Management, Business Administration
- Logistics
- Special Projects or Program Management (topics vary)
- Accounting, Auditing

Information Media and Communications

- Journalism (reporter internship)
- Information Systems, Web Programming, Mobile App Development
- Creative Media, Visual Communications
- Advertising Agency

Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Math and Industrial

- Engineering (Civil, Geotechnical, Environmental)
- Engineering (Mechanical)
- Architecture

Public Administration and Law

- Legal Internship
- Constituent Liaison (e.g. legislator's district office)


CCIP partners with accredited degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary Asian or Pacific region academic institutions that share a similar mindset in supporting young professionals to acquire the skills, knowledge, and cultural understanding necessary to become contributing members and leaders of the future global economy.

Hong Kong:
- The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
- The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
- Hang Seng Management College, Careers Office (HSMC)
- The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIED)
- The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

- Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)


Established in 2002, FUSIA Communications is a multi-disciplinary organization located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn. FUSIA specializes in cross-cultural communications as well as the development and administration of web platforms, mobile apps, services, and tools for the digital economy.

The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a social enterprise internship program administered by FUSIA with the mission of promoting understanding between the people of the US and citizens of Asian and Pacific region nations as well as fostering the growth of future global leaders.

FUSIA is a designated visa-sponsoring organization of the US Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program in the J-1 Intern category (click HERE). FUSIA facilitates exchange visitors' entry into the US, monitors their activities during their stay in the US, and helps ensure that they and their proposed internship adhere to the requirements and regulations of the Exchange Visitor Program.

FUSIA is a 100% minority and woman-owned enterprise certified with:

- New York State Department of Economic Development as Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise
- The City of New York's Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise Program
- Office of Minority Affairs, County of Nassau, as Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as Women's Business Enterprise (WBE)
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Certifying Partner in the New York State Unified Certification Program (NYSUCP)
- Bona fide Minority Business Enterprise with New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council

2016 is gearing up to be an exciting year for CCIP. Our team anticipates another group of young professionals coming to New York City to advance their practical skills, gain enriching cultural experiences, and expand their globalized professional networks. We also look forward to another year of fruitful collaborations with our trusted partner universities in Asia and host organizations in New York City, offering a structured overseas platform for our participants.

Here in New York, our team is ready!

Building on our past success, this year's programming will be both informative and engaging. We will continue to implement a hands-on approach with emphasis on leadership and team building to ensure that our participants enhance their different skills and cultural knowledge in ways that are unique, memorable, and most importantly, beneficial for their advancement in the global arena.

We look forward to meeting you and working together to achieve an enriching experience in the summer of 2016.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us (

Based in Brooklyn, the Fusia team specializes in cross-cultural ventures and oversees the smooth operation of the program.

National University of Singapore was one of the initial three partner universities.
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