2014 Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Seven-week internship in New York City
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An Overview of CCIP
2010 CCIP Host Company Appreciation and Networking Reception took place at Cornell Club on August 19, 2010.
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a seven-week internship program which takes place every summer from May to August. CCIP stresses East-West cultural exchange. It is aimed at individuals and organizations that share a global vision and is committed to fostering mutually beneficial cultural exchange.
CCIP serves as a cultural gateway between students from Asia and host companies and organizations in the US. Through the program, participants offer their unique insights, ideas, and experiences to American organizations in order to encourage greater trans-cultural collaboration. Likewise, US companies provide invaluable guidance, resources and support to participants who are eager to become contributing members of the global economy.
CCIP emphasizes the importance of both practical and cultural experiences as well as striking a balance between hard skills and soft skills. CCIP stresses the value of teamwork and encourages participants to make the most of their experience through professionalism, mutual understanding, positivity, and cultural sensitivity. The program also sets the stage for US companies and organizations to connect with the international community and stay abreast of changes in the global marketplace.
CCIP's program culture is student oriented—intimate, integrating and interacting. Throughout the program, participants reside at the Flushing YMCA in Queens, a culturally diverse neighborhood and a public transportation hub. On weekdays, they intern at one of the participating host organizations. On weekends and outside of their internship hours, they get together, lend each other a helping hand and lead or participate in cultural exchange activities, etc.
Since 2008, over 800 students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds have joined CCIP. These students study full-time at one of the Program's partner universities in Asia and intern in the United States at one of the Program's host companies or organizations during the summer.
History of CCIP
CCIP students gathered for a roundtable given by Han Jun Li, ESQ. He shared experiences about his diverging career path and becoming a lawyer.
2010 Session B End-Session Gathering.
The idea of founding the Cross-Cultural Internship Program began in 2003 when there was a major blackout in New York. I met two students from Hong Kong by chance. In our chat, the students brought up many issues that they encountered during their internship in New York and the resulting feeling of helplessness because there was no one to turn to for guidance. The night of the blackout they were forced to sleep in the company where they interned.
At that time, overseas internships were not too common, which made the students' courage and vision especially admirable. Their loneliness and helplessness reminded me of how I felt when I traveled to the US alone to study.
During my meeting with the former president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University at an event, I shared the story of the two interns with him, and he invited me to join his university's internship program as an overseas host company. I accepted the invitation without hesitation.
I took on three interns during the first year. Although I considered myself quite experienced in this area as I shared a common cultural background with the students, I encountered a lot of unexpected issues, such as disagreements and conflicting views among the interns. This was a great learning point for me.
I got more involved as my passion and interest grew. I volunteered to share my experiences with different companies and connected them with schools, whether domestic or foreign, until I founded CCIP, which is really the culmination of all my experiences.
I love having candid discussions with students, schools and the others and developing new ways to improve the program. My goal is to build a comprehensive internship program that benefits both students and companies from the East and the West respectively.
If you aspire to build a cultural bridge between the East and West in any way and you share our global vision, you are welcome in the CCIP family!
Founder, The Cross-Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Each year, approximately 30 participating host organizations open their doors to offer internship opportunities to program participants.
The hosts are predominantly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with varied industry backgrounds such as advertising, media, real estate, non-profit, business consulting, research, engineering, law, transportation, government, etc. The program offers internship positions in each of the following J-1 Intern Occupational Categories:
Management, Business, Commerce and Finance:
Marketing, PR and/or Communications
Operational Management and/or Business Administration
Special Projects or Program Management (topics vary)
Accounting and/or Auditing
Information Media and Communications:
Journalism (reporter in a Chinese-American media organization)
Information Systems, Web Programming and/or Mobile App Development
Graphic Design or Visual Communications
The Sciences, Eng, Architecture, Math and Industrial Occupations:
Engineering (Civil, Geometrics or Environmental)
Public Administration and Law:
All hosts are located within 25 miles radius of the designated housing facility (Flushing, Queens). On weekdays, participants intern for 35 to 40 hours per week, between the hours of 8am and 7pm (varies by host). They commute to work by foot, bus and/or subway depending on the location of the host organization.
- Flushing: About 10 minutes (by foot)
- Queens: About 20 minutes to 1 hour (by subway and/or bus)
- Brooklyn: About 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours (by subway and/or bus)
- Manhattan: About 1 hour to 1.15 hours (by subway)
- New Jersey: About 2 hours (by subway and NJ Transsit bus)
Students and Lou Myers, actor, writer and performance artist.
CCIP only accepts applicants from our partner universities. CCIP works in tandem with nine partner universities in Asia. Their cooperation makes this program possible.
- The University of Hong Kong
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
- City University of Hong Kong
- Hang Seng Management College, Careers Office
- The Hong Kong Institute of Education
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University
- Macau University of Science and Technology
Students interned at FUSIA Communications.
The term FUSIA comes from the amalgamation of the words "Fusion", "US" and "Asia" which represents the nature of the agency. FUSIA is a multiplatform agency located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Established in 2002, FUSIA specializes in cross-cultural marketing, communications and operational enhancement solutions.
The Cross-Cultural Internship Program (www.theccip.com) is part of FUSIA's cross-cultural endeavors. It allows students from Asia to learn about American business, culture and practices as well as facilitate the participating hosts' understanding of the global market.
FUSIA is a US Department of State-designated J-1 Visa sponsoring organization (Intern category)—one the many organizations that sponsor an exchange visitor's entry into the US, monitors their activities during their stay and helps ensure that they and their proposed internship follow the requirements laid down by the Department of State. For more information about the Exchange Visitor Program, click HERE
CCIP is the synergistic combination of FUSIA's vision, the cooperation of its eight partner universities in Asia and the participation of over 30 host organizations in New York. FUSIA runs the program every summer in two seven-week sessions. Participating students obtain practical experience in the American workplace by interning with one of our hosts.