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The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Seven-week summer internship in New York City

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An Overview

The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) takes place every summer from May to August. Committed to fostering mutually beneficial East-West cultural exchange, CCIP is a social enterprise program aimed at individuals and organizations that share a global vision.

Purposes: CCIP serves as a cultural gateway between students from Asia and host organizations in the US. Through CCIP, student and host participants exchange their unique insights, ideas, and experiences from their individual cultural backgrounds, taking part in a dynamic trans-cultural collaboration that bridges global communities together. Students are provided invaluable guidance, resources, and support to become contributing members of the global economy, fostered by the connections CCIP brings amongst students, US companies, and the local community.

Perspectives: 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.

Internship Life: CCIP is not just an internship, but a family. The program culture is intimate, integrated, and interactive, with CCIP serving as a stepping stone for students to become global leaders. Throughout the program, participants reside at the Flushing YMCA in Queens, a hub of cultural diversity and a prime location for public transportation. On weekdays, students intern at one of the participating host organizations. On weekends and outside of their internship time, they take part in cultural activities through which they develop teamwork and leadership skills.

History: Since 2008, over 1000 students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds have joined CCIP. The program has been a driving force in the ongoing effort to develop lasting and mutually beneficial cross-cultural relations.
The Birth

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 in the company 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 at 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 connected 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, 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!

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Kay
Founder, The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)

Each year, established host organizations open their doors to offer structured and guided internship opportunities to CCIP students.

Note: To inquire about becoming a host organization, please contact us. Host recruitment takes place from October 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.

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
- 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

The Sciences, Eng, Architecture, Math and Industrial Occupations

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

Public Administration and Law

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

CCIP accepts students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at one of our partner universities in Asia.

Remarks: CCIP welcomes the opportunity to partner with any degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution located outside the US to provide students with practical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a global business environment. To inquire about becoming a partner university, please contact us.

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

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

- Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Established in 2002, FUSIA Communications is a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary agency located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) specializing in cross-cultural marketing and digital communications tools and services for the digital economy.

The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) developed as a social enterprise program organized by FUSIA with the mission to promote East-West cultural exchange and nurture the growth of future global leaders. As part of FUSIA's cross-cultural endeavors, CCIP provides students from Asia the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge; learn about American businesses, cultures, and practices; and contribute toward the participating hosts' understanding of the global market.

FUSIA is a US Department of State-designated J-1 Visa sponsoring organization (Intern category)—one of many organizations that sponsor an exchange visitor's entry into the US. FUSIA monitors and facilitates the students' activities during their stay and helps ensure that they and their proposed internship adhere to the requirements and regulations mandated by the Department of State. For more information about the Exchange Visitor Program, click HERE.

Beside the internship, CCIP students also have chances to join different cultural exchange activities. Visiting the NYSE is just one many activities offered.

Elizabeth and the students have a close relationship. Everyone started to call her EK!

Students took photos with their colleagues at Crystal McKenzie, Inc. and Trans Express Inc.

Students took photos with the famous actor, author, and performance artist, Lou Myers.
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