How did CCIP get started?
The CCIP story
CCIP came into existence through a series of events that led the founder, Elizabeth Kay, to realize that a special niche in the world of cultural exchange was not being filled. In response, she 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, Founder Elizabeth Kay came across two interns from Hong Kong who were stranded and needed local support. She heard for the first time about overseas internships from her conversation with them. In a later casual chat with a Hong Kong university principal, she mentioned that she felt sympathy for the girls' situation and could offer help. Intrigued by her diverse background, the principal asked her to take on students for the university.
Since 2003, Elizabeth has taken on interns every summer. In 2008, she formed...
PurposeCCIP is a stepping-stone for exchange interns to acquire practical and professional experience while gaining insight into American culture, values, norms, people, and business practices....
MissionOur mission at CCIP is twofold: to provide future-oriented, culturally aware, and globally responsible students with holistic cross-cultural internship experiences, and to work with socially...
GoalsCCIP's goal is to expose exchange visitors to internship opportunities that will help them acquire valuable skills and knowledge in an American context that will...
Values1. Endowing participants with the necessary mindset, skill, knowledge and experience to be contributing members and leaders of the global economy.
2. Encouraging understanding and positive...
CCIP is administered by FUSIA, a US Department of State-designated visa sponsor in the J-1 Intern category in collaboration with 10+ universities in Asia.
CCIP has achieved organizational and cultural success on many levels, and continues to add to its list of milestones every year.
In the first year after its launch, 78 students from Asia participated in CCIP. The students attended internships at 11 hosts in New York and New Jersey.
CCIP grew to 100 participants and 29 host organizations. FUSIA organized the Taste of Harlem, providing students a glimpse of the diverse history, literature, music, cuisine, and dance rooted in Harlem.
The number of partner universities expanded to seven, represented by 130 participants. FUSIA organized the first annual Recognition Ceremony at the Cornell Club, connecting participants with the local community.
CCIP participation expanded to 135 students and 37 host organizations. The Recognition Ceremony grew into a more widely attended event. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer declared August 16, 2011, "Cross Cultural Internship Day" in Manhattan.
As the internship program grew in popularity, CCIP participation climbed even higher to 142 students. The program received its first federal-level proclamation from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, marking a milestone in the organization's recognition not only by the NYC business community, but from the US government.
FUSIA was awarded the New York Mets' Spirit Award in recognition of its accomplishments. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer declared August 26 "Cross Cultural Internship Day" in Manhattan. FUSIA officially became a designated visa sponsor in the J-1 Intern category later in 2013.
During the first year of its new designation, FUSIA accepted 69 exchange visitors with a reduced quota control number chosen from 1079 applicants.
Participation increased from 69 to 71 students, chosen from 1058 applicants.
Participation grew to 75 students out of 985 applicants. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer declared July 5, 2016 "CCIP Appreciation Day." Founder Elizabeth Kay was awarded a commendation for her decade of facilitating cultural exchange in NYC.
Proclaiming July 17, 2017 "CCIP Appreciation Day," Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recognized CCIP for the fourth time for its dedication to building bridges between cultures. CCIP had another record year for applications, selecting 74 interns from an all-time high of 1355 applicants.
CCIP celebrates its 10th anniversary at Citi Field with 130 guests. Students, alumni, hosts, and US and foreign government officials joined the celebration. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer declares CCIP Appreciation Day for the fifth time in New York City.
CCIP is characterized by a holistic approach that encourages interns to maximize professional opportunities through networking, media exposure, and leadership.
What has CCIP achieved?
FUSIA Communications, the organizer of CCIP, is a designated visa sponsor of the US Department of State's Exchange Visitor Internship Program.
Established in 2002, FUSIA is a 100 percent minority- and woman-owned enterprise certified by the following authorities:
The City of New York's Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program
New York State Department of Economic Development as Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise
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
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise
CCIP's leading role in cultural exchange has drawn accolades. "CCIP Appreciation Day," has been declared by Manhattan's Borough Presidents Scott Stringer and Gale Brewer five times since 2011.