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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).
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.
Goals: The goals of this dynamic transcultural collaboration are 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.
Mission: Exchange visitors fulfill their roles by interning and taking part in immersive cultural experiences that facilitate a greater understanding of American 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 and government 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).
Since 2008, CCIP has served over 850 exchange visitors from Asia.
CCIP's values and operations are based on five themes:
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 idea of the Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) took root in August 2003 when New York City was hit by one of history's biggest blackouts in the Northeast. By chance, I encountered two university students from Hong Kong who were in New York for a summer internship. What should have been an exciting and life-changing experience for these students actually was a disheartening and frustrating period for them. They confided in me, telling me that they had encountered many issues during their internship in New York. They felt utter helplessness knowing that they could not turn to anyone for guidance. The night of the blackout, they were forced to sleep at the office where they interned.
At that time, overseas internships were not too common, which made the students' courage and vision to come to the US especially admirable. And I saw myself in them - their loneliness and helplessness reminded me of how I had felt when I arrived in the US alone as a student, with just a luggage bag and some cash in my pocket.
Soon after, during a meeting with the former president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University at an event, I shared the story of the two interns with him. 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 initially considered myself quite adept in mentoring interns because I shared a common cultural background with the students, I encountered a lot of unexpected issues, such as disagreements and conflicting views with and amongst the interns. This was a great learning point for me.
I became more involved as my passion and interest for mentoring students grew. I volunteered to share my experiences with different companies and connect them with schools, both domestic and foreign. It was only a matter of time before I founded CCIP, which is really the culmination of all my experiences.
I love how CCIP gives me the opportunity to have candid discussions with students, schools, and the community at large. Here, I am always developing new ways to improve the program, with a mission to build a comprehensive internship program that benefits both students and companies from the East and the West.
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, CCIP and FUSIA
Responsible Officer, FUSIA/CCIP J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
HostsThe program welcomes the opportunity to work with qualified host organizations in the US to offer structured and guided internship opportunities to the program's exchange visitors.
CCIP host organizations 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.
The program offers internship positions (click to see examples) in each of the following J-1 Intern Occupational Categories:
Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
- Marketing, PR, Communications
- Operational Management, Business Administration
- 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)
Public Administration and Law
- Legal Internship
- Constituent Liaison (e.g. legislator's district office)
Partner InstituionsThe program welcomes the opportunity to partner with any accredited degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary Asian or Pacific region academic institution or government agency that shares 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.
- 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)
OrganizerEstablished 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
Besides the internship, CCIP students also have the chance to join different cultural exchange activities. Visiting the NYSE is just one of many activities offered.
Elizabeth and the students have a close relationship. Everyone started to call her EK!