2018 CCIP Internship
To get started, first take a tour of our website. Then register online and complete the application process.
Admission is on a rolling basis. EDP applicants must complete their application within a certain timeframe. Other applicants are strongly recommended to complete their applications within within 5 business days after the intro interview.
If you have any questions, contact us on Skype chat (fusia_18) M-F after 8 pm, Beijing Time. For better assistance, indicate your full name and school when you contact us via Skype for the first time. We typically respond to Skype requests on the same or next business day. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, send your message again.
The program works with an array of partner universities, whose students are given priority admission and a discount. Non-partner school applicants may apply after Jan 1st (the first application window).
Current F-1 or J-1 Visa Holders
Students who exchange or study in the US during the spring semester or attend another F-1 or J-1 program right before the CCIP summer session may apply. In some cases, F-1 students can attend CCIP on OPT and J-1 students on an academic exchange in Academic Training. In such cases, because the pre-existing visa is not sponsored by CCIP, the visa sponsorship fee is waived from the program fee. In other cases, the F-1 students may apply for the F-1 and J-1 visa together; a J-1 student may apply for a J-1 intern visa through CCIP after the completion of their spring J-1 program. Because situations vary, provide us with details about your current program.
US citizens and LPRs
CCIP is a summer internship program for foreign students who want to intern in the US on a J-1 intern visa. US citizens and LPRs may apply and receive a discount on the program fee. They can also be placed in NYC councilmember offices that are not listed on the CCIP host roster.
Countries Sanctioned by the US
As a program sponsored by the Department of State, CCIP activities are subject to restrictions by several U.S. agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Department of the Treasury.
This makes it increasingly difficult for the program to accept students from countries that are on the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC watch lists.
If you are a citizen of or were born in one of the following fully embargoed and sanctioned countries, please contact CCIP over Skype chat (fusia_18) prior to applying: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.
Out of town applicants
Applicants on exchange from another country who cannot attend the on-campus info session and intro interview may apply for a special intro interview session conducted via mobile phone.
Early Decision Program
The Early Decision Program (EDP) is an early application option for students who have completed a thorough program search and are confident that CCIP is their first choice. Qualified EDP applicants will be entitled to host placement priority and a discount from the second installment. To become qualified for EDP, you must meet all of the following criteria.
- Qualified applicants from partner universities
- Attend an on-campus info session in person -- be on time and stay through entire session
- Attend an on-campus intro interview in person
- Complete your entire application BEFORE the intro interview
- Complete validation and uploads WITHIN 72 hours of your intro interview
- Complete the entire application process and submit the first installment by the specified timeframe
CCIP operates on a timeline with three application windows. The first window takes place in October and early November. The second window takes place in January. The third window kicks off in February.
Summer program schedule
Standard sessions are within a 7- or 14-week duration beginning on a Saturday and ending on a Friday (with final hotel check out the following Saturday). Other session durations are available, though students who require a non-standard 7- or 14-week duration may have difficulty in finding a roommate due to schedule conflicts. Also, some hosts prefer to have no overlap with their interns' schedules between sessions; session overlap may not be applicable to many of the participating host organizations, however, select hosts have preferred students who intern for two session durations (14-weeks) instead of taking on one intern per session (7-weeks each). Students interested in irregular session durations are recommended to speak with us.
|A||7 weeks||May 19, 2018 (Sat)||Jul 6, 2018 (Fri)|
|B||7 weeks||Jul 7, 2018 (Sat)||Aug 24, 2018 (Fri)|
|C||6 weeks||May 26, 2018 (Sat)||Jul 6, 2018 (Fri)|
|E||9 weeks||May 5, 2018 (Sat)||Jul 6, 2018 (Fri)|
|F||12 weeks||May 5, 2018 (Sat)||Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)|
|G||12 weeks||May 19, 2018 (Sat)||Aug 10, 2018 (Fri)|
|I||12 weeks||Jun 2, 2018 (Sat)||Aug 24, 2018 (Fri)|
|J||10 weeks||May 19, 2018 (Sat)||Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)|
|K||10 weeks||Jun 16, 2018 (Sat)||Aug 24, 2018 (Fri)|
|L||14 weeks||May 19, 2018 (Sat)||Aug 24, 2018 (Fri)|
Program Administration Fee
CCIP takes pride in keeping our program administration fee affordable while providing a comprehensive, holistic internship experience. Our fee covers J-1 visa intern sponsorship, professional placement, and administrative support.
Getting to know the essentials of CCIP as you prepare your application is key to understanding your eligibility and moving forward.
The program works with an array of partner universities, whose students are given priority admission and a discount. Non-partner school applicants may apply after Jan...Read More
Current F-1 or J-1 Visa Holders
Students who exchange or study in the US during the spring semester or attend another F-1 or J-1 program right before the CCIP summer session...Read More
Countries Sanctioned by the US
As a program sponsored by the Department of State, CCIP activities are subject to restrictions by several U.S. agencies, including the Department of Commerce and...Read More
Out of town applicants
Applicants on exchange from another country who cannot attend the on-campus info session and intro interview may apply for a special intro interview session conducted...Read More
CCIP operates on a timeline with three application windows. The first window takes place in October and early November. The second window takes place in...Read More
Summer program schedule
Standard sessions are within a 7- or 14-week duration beginning on a Saturday and ending on a Friday (with final hotel check out the following...Read More
Program Administration Fee
CCIP takes pride in keeping our program administration fee affordable while providing a comprehensive, holistic internship experience. Our fee covers J-1 visa intern sponsorship, professional...Read More
The CCIP application is comprised of three components: program requirements, exchange visa program requirements, and special study conditions that some universities require.
- Degree pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate.
- Currently studying at an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Students from non-partner schools may apply January 1, 2018 (after the first application window is over).
At the age of 18 or older by the program's start date
Maintain a CGPA of 2.5 or higher on the 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
- This requirement may be altered in some cases when taking certain considerations of the school's ranking.
Not be on academic probation
- The student must have no academic probation and no pending disciplinary action; proof is required upon request.
Have a clean criminal and US immigration records
In good health, both physically and mentally
- The student must be in good health and qualified to attend an overseas internship program; an endorsement from a certified physician may be required upon request, before or during the internship program.
Have the financial solvency to be responsible for expenses or costs associated with participating in the program
- Provide recent and three consecutive months of financial statements.
- From themselves, parents, a direct relative (with relationship proof), and/or outside grantor (with official letter proof).
- Minimum requirement is USD 3470: USD 1470 living expenses (USD 30 x 49 days) plus USD 2000 emergency funds.
- This requirement will be higher for students who attend a longer program duration.
Be proficient enough in English to handle communicating on a daily basis in an American workplace
- Provide an official transcript with the minimum score from any of the listed recognized examinations.
- If you are unable to provide any proof, you may download the English Proficiency Verification form and have it completed and signed by an authorized school official or by our on-campus interviewer (upon availability).
- Waiver for Singaporean citizens
- 6.0 in IELTS
- Grade D/4 (or equivalent) in HKCEE/DSE (English subject)
- 500/997 (paper-based) or 213/300 (computer-based) or 80/120 (online-based) in TOEFL- Grade C A-/O-Level (English subject)
- 550/710 in CET-4 or 520/710 in CET-6
- 120/150 in College Entrance Examination (English subject)
- Grade 4 or above in International Baccalaureate English Language
- Grade C or above in GCSE/IGCSE English
- A minimum of 1650 on SAT I or Level 8 on SAT Reasoning Test Essay
Exchange Visitor Program
Prospective J-1 intern visa applicants are also required to meet the rules set forth by the US Department of State Exchange Visitor Program.
Degree or certificate-granting post-secondary institution
- Must be currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the US or have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their exchange visitor program start date.
Sponsored by a Designated Visa Sponsor
- Must take part in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Intern category) through a US Department of State-designated sponsoring organization (such as FUSIA Communications) that facilitates exchange visitors' entry into the US and monitors their activities while in the US to ensure that they and their proposed internship satisfy the Exchange Visitor Program's requirements.
Previous participation in EVP (J-1 Intern)
- Must NOT have participated in an Exchange Visitor Internship Program. Students who have previously participated in an Exchange Visitor Internship Program can participate in this J-1 Internship program again under the conditions that (a) they maintain student status or begin a new internship program within 12 months of graduation and (b) the additional program addresses the development of more advanced skills or a different field of expertise.
Relevance and occupational categories
- Must demonstrate relevance between the occupational category of their internship and their academic training by providing evidence such as a list of courses taken or past work experience, and they must explain how the internship can benefit their educational or career goals.
- Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
- Public Administration and Law
- Information Media and Communications
- The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Sectors
- Arts and Culture
- Education, Social Science, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
The info session provides an opportunity for applicants to acquire essential information about the program. A typical session lasts about 45 minutes followed by a Q&A and alumni sharing.
- Registration is required
- EDP applicants must not be late and must stay through the entire session
- If you require the presenter/interviewer to complete the English proficiency assessment, please schedule a separate time with her before or after the session
|1||Oct 10 (Tue) at 4:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-49, Level 2|
|2||Oct 12 (Thu) at 2:00 pm||CUHK||Wu Ho Man Yuen Bldg||WMY_508|
|3||Oct 12 (Thu) at 4:45 pm||HKU||Meng Wah Complex||T4|
|4||Oct 16 (Mon) at 11:00 am||EDUHK||B1, Taipo Campus||LP-03|
|5||Oct 16 (Mon) at 2:00 pm||HSMC||S H Ho Academic Bldg||A306|
|6||Oct 16 (Mon) at 5:00 pm||OUHK||-1/F, Block C, Main Campus||G35|
|7||Oct 18 (Wed) at 11:00 am||MUST||Bldg N||322|
|8||Oct 18 (Wed) at 3:30 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Bldg, E4||G051||Interview right after info session|
|9||Oct 20 (Fri) at 2:00 pm||HKSYU||Low Block, Research Complex||RHB 204||Interview right after info session|
|10||Oct 23 (Mon) at 3:00 pm||HKUST||2/F, Lifts 17-18||Room 2408, 2/F||Interview right after info session|
|11||Oct 24 (Tue) at 3:00 pm||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|12||Oct 28 (Sat) at 9:00 am||SKYPE||Chat & audio||fusia_18||For out-of-country applicants.|
|13||Oct 31 (Tue) at 4:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||LHS-TR-42||Conducted by CCIP alumni|
|14||Nov 12 (Sun) at 9:00 pm||SKYPE||Chat & audio||fusia_18||For out-of-country applicants.|
|15||Jan 22 (Mon) at 4:00 pm||CUHK||TBD||TBD|
|16||Jan 24 (Wed) at 11:00 am||MUST||Bldg N||TBD|
|17||Jan 24 (Wed) at 3:30 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Bldg, E4||G051|
|18||Jan 25 (Thu) at 5:45 pm||HKU||Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|19||Jan 31 (Wed) at 1:30 pm||NTU||The Hive||TBD|
The intro interview is to assess applicants' presentation skills, spoken English proficiency, critical thinking skills, and maturity and attitude.
- Group or individual format, about 30 to 45 minutes each session
- Registration required
- Business attire recommended
- Do not prepare for it by reciting answers to commonly asked questions
|1||Oct 11 (Wed) at 2:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-56, Level 3|
|2||Oct 11 (Wed) at 3:00 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-56, Level 3|
|3||Oct 11 (Wed) at 3:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-56, Level 3|
|4||Oct 11 (Wed) at 4:00 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-56, Level 3|
|5||Oct 11 (Wed) at 4:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||TR-56, Level 3|
|6||Oct 13 (Fri) at 10:00 am||CUHK||Yasumoto Int'l Academic Park||YIA_407|
|7||Oct 13 (Fri) at 10:30 am||CUHK||Yasumoto Int'l Academic Park||YIA_407|
|8||Oct 13 (Fri) at 11:30 am||CUHK||Yasumoto Int'l Academic Park||YIA_407|
|9||Oct 13 (Fri) at 2:30 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||3/F, Rm TBD|
|10||Oct 13 (Fri) at 3:00 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||3/F, Rm TBD|
|11||Oct 13 (Fri) at 4:00 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||3/F, Rm TBD|
|12||Oct 13 (Fri) at 4:30 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||3/F, Rm TBD|
|13||Oct 13 (Fri) at 5:30 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||3/F, Rm TBD|
|14||Oct 16 (Mon) at 7:30 pm||CUHK||Yasumoto Int'l Academic Park||507|
|15||Oct 17 (Tue) at 10:00 am||EDUHK||B4, Taipo Campus||LP-03|
|16||Oct 17 (Tue) at 10:30 am||EDUHK||B4, Taipo Campus||LP-03|
|17||Oct 17 (Tue) at 11:00 am||EDUHK||B4, Taipo Campus||LP-03|
|18||Oct 17 (Tue) at 1:30 pm||HSMC||S H Ho Academic Bldg||A307|
|19||Oct 17 (Tue) at 4:00 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C, Main Campus||L0133|
|20||Oct 17 (Tue) at 4:30 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C, Main Campus||L0133|
|21||Oct 17 (Tue) at 5:00 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C, Main Campus||L0133|
|22||Oct 17 (Tue) at 5:30 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C, Main Campus||L0133|
|23||Oct 18 (Wed) at 5:00 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Bldg, E4||TBD|
|24||Oct 18 (Wed) at 5:30 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Bldg, E4||TBD|
|25||Oct 19 (Thu) at 4:00 pm||MUST||Bldg N||322|
|26||Oct 20 (Fri) at 4:00 pm||HKSYU||Low Block, Research Complex||RHB 204|
|27||Oct 20 (Fri) at 5:00 pm||HKSYU||Low Block, Research Complex||RHB 204|
|28||Oct 23 (Mon) at 3:30 pm||HKUST||2/F, Lifts 17-18||Room 2408, 2/F|
|29||Oct 23 (Mon) at 4:00 pm||HKUST||2/F, Lifts 17-18||Room 2408, 2/F|
|30||Oct 24 (Tue) at 4:30 pm||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|31||Oct 25 (Wed) at 10:00 am||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|32||Oct 25 (Wed) at 10:30 am||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|33||Oct 25 (Wed) at 11:30 am||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|34||Oct 25 (Wed) at 12:00 pm||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|35||Oct 28 (Sat) at 9:00 am||SKYPE||Chat & audio||fusia_18|
|36||Oct 31 (Tue) at 5:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||LHS-TR-42|
|37||Oct 31 (Tue) at 6:00 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||LHS-TR-42|
|38||Oct 31 (Tue) at 6:30 pm||NTU||The Hive, 52 Nanyang Ave||LHS-TR-42|
|39||Nov 12 (Sun) at 9:00 pm||SKYPE||Chat & audio||fusia_18|
|40||Jan 23 (Tue) at 9:00 am||CUHK||TBD||TBD|
|41||Jan 23 (Tue) at 9:45 am||CUHK||TBD||TBD|
|42||Jan 23 (Tue) at 10:00 am||CUHK||TBD||TBD|
|43||Jan 23 (Tue) at 10:45 am||CUHK||TBD||TBD|
|44||Jan 24 (Wed) at 5:00 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Bldg, E4||TBD|
|45||Jan 25 (Thu) at 10:30 am||MUST||Bldg N||TBD|
|46||Jan 25 (Thu) at 11:15 am||MUST||Bldg N||TBD|
|47||Jan 26 (Fri) at 2:30 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|48||Jan 26 (Fri) at 3:15 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|49||Jan 26 (Fri) at 4:00 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|50||Jan 26 (Fri) at 4:45 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|51||Jan 26 (Fri) at 4:45 pm||HKU||CEDARS, Meng Wah Complex||TBD|
|52||Jan 31 (Wed) at 3:00 pm||NTU||The Hive||TBD|
|53||Jan 31 (Wed) at 3:45 pm||NTU||The Hive||TBD|
|54||Jan 31 (Wed) at 4:00 pm||NTU||The Hive||TBD|
The final interview ensures that the applicants' expectations and the program's administration are in line. We will discuss the assigned host choices with the applicants and confirm they indeed possess a clear understanding of the program rules and arrangements by asking questions from the agreement.
- By invitation only
- Conducted via phone
We will be conducting the first round of on-campus info sessions and intro interviews at partner universities in October 2017 (the second round will take place in January and early February 2018). Please click the buttons below for relevant schedules. The schedules are subject to change; please check back to be up to date with any changes.
Necessary skills and attitude
Some hosts have higher expectations for English proficiency and comprehension, and some hosts are more concerned with the interns' attitude. Generally speaking, ideal candidates share the common qualities of maturity, dependability, and a serious attitude for learning.
CCIP is an Exchange Visitors Program focused on developing foreign cultural values. Thus the student must be a positive representation of their respective countries and aim to fulfill the EVP's objectives through sharing their positive experiences with the US in their home country.
Maturity and self-disciplinary skills
Because the internship program is located in a foreign venue, it is important that the student carries a certain level of maturity, understands and abides by the program's rules, and is able to intern for a long period of time away from home. They must also exhibit self-disciplinary skills in order to find a balance between work and play.
Right frame of mind
This program is characterized by a holistic experience through teamwork and leadership training that emphasizes activity participation outside internship hours. It is important that cultural group activities are something you actually want to participate in; if you are simply seeking out an internship with no interaction with others, this program may not be right for you.
Ability to handle administrative demands
CCIP is federally regulated and has high expectations in administrative tasks within a time-sensitive timeline. Each student is required to keep track of their internship hours and is expected to check their email regularly with immediate response. If you cannot handle basic administrative tasks, then this program may not be right for you.
Ace the application
Complete the application in an attentive and timely manner. The more refined your application and the earlier it is submitted, the more it will increase your chances of getting your desired host choices.
Applicants' attitude and demeanor are apparent as they complete their application requirements and interact daily with CCIP. In other words, how you present yourself and your experience could be more important than what you have accomplished. Your application results will be used to determine your final host choices.
Follow the instructions
Additionally, many hosts do not require another interview. Therefore, how students comprehend instructions and complete the required submission material will also serve as an aptitude test to support host placement decisions.
Ensure entered information matches submitted docs. Our system is designed to be in sync with the SEVIS system. Any discrepancies can jeopardize your visa application. In case of any changes, notify us and amend within 48 hours.
Check your email
We heavily rely on using email and Skype chat to communicate with applicants. You are strongly suggested to check your email regularly and to install Skype on both your phone and desktop.
Characteristics are often difficult to gauge within the 30-minute intro interview and from the applicant's resume.
In order to properly gain a comprehensive understanding of each applicant's real characteristics and skillset, CCIP closely observes the applicant during the application process based on the following: the quality of their application information, how quickly they complete their application, how they comprehend instructions, their English writing skills, what type of questions they ask, and their professional etiquette.
All of these observations are considered alongside the applicant's personal experience, academic background, and discussed preferences during the final interview in order to obtain a real, holistic understanding of the applicant. Then, these results will determine the applicant's prospective hosts.
Acceptance will guarantee that the student will go to one of their assigned hosts. If not, they will be refunded the first installment. They may indicate their top three choices, which will be taken into consideration as CCIP makes the final host placements.
That being said, if there is a host you want to be placed with, you must be competitive and work hard on your application in a timely manner.
A part of your application is the resume which will be used to support the host placement decisions.
It will be circulated among prospective hosts and be compared to other applicant resumes. As such, your entered information is self-explanatory and unique. Treat it as free ad space to present yourself professionally. If you don't have past work experience, put down your high school activities. Keep your self-introduction general as we will be sharing it with different hosts. Omit specific host names unless otherwise instructed.
Demonstrate your English proficiency. Pay attention to consistency, punctuation, spacing, and capitalization.
Follow resume specifics (e.g. tense, sentence structure, etc.). A standard resume has experiences listed in chronologically descending order, beginning with an action verb. Use simple present tense for current roles (and past tense for past roles).
Present a self-explanatory and easy-to-navigate portfolio. Graphic design, architecture, M&E, and CS majors must indicate a website showing work where readers can see examples. Use http://issuu.com/ to display 2D art or any website that serves the same purposes.
- M&E/Architecture: AutoCAD
- 2D Design: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
- 3D Design/animation: Maya and Rhinoceros
- Video: Premiere and After Effects
- Computer Science: Programming languages, platform, and/or software
- Sing Tao reporter: Chinese articles and photographs
Ace the application
Complete the application in an attentive and timely manner. The more refined your application and the earlier it is...
How to present professionally
A part of your application is the resume which will be used to support the host placement decisions.
The following is a quick walkthrough of the admission procedures for CCIP 2018.
Get ready to apply
To get started, take a tour of our website and review essential information about the program.
Check out our Host Roster which shows examples of prospective hosts in 2018. Ensure that you meet our eligibility, financial, and academic relevance requirements.
Academic relevance requirement
Also, check out our Early Discount Program (EDP), 2018 program calendar, alongside info session and intro interview schedules.
Get permission from parents Review the program with your parents and get permission from them to apply beforehand. If needed, request for contact with a alumni for additional insights.
Apply online (www.theccip.com/reg). Don't forget to activate your account by clicking the link in your confirmation email. Then, add us on Skype (fusia_18). For better assistance, indicate your full name and school when you contact us via Skype the first time.
Check your email and click the activation link
Have your passport with you and cross check info
Add us on Skype - indicate your full name and school
Ensure that the information you enter matches your passport and other personal information exactly. Any discrepancies will jeopardize your visa application, and later changes, even if permitted, will recur a penalty charge.
Our system is designed to be in sync with the US government's SEVIS system which maintains records of J, F and M visa applicants and holders. Whatever information you enter into our system will be used for your visa application.
Upon completion of the application, gather your professional portrait as a JPEG and the rest of the docs as PDFs. Then, contact us on Skype chat (fusia_18) to request preliminary review.
Legal Permanent Resident proof
Permanent Address proof, e.g. a mailed envelope
School-Issued student ID
English Language Proficiency proof
Admission is on a rolling basis. EDP applicants should complete the entire application and contact us for validation BEFORE the intro interview. Other applicants are recommended to complete it within within 5 business days after the intro interview.
Complete the application in an attentive and timely manner. The more refined your application is and the earlier it is submitted will increase your chances of getting your desired host choices.
Info session & intro interview
We will be conducting the first round of on-campus info sessions and intro interviews at partner universities in October 2017 (the second round will take place in January and early February 2018).
Please refer to the info session and interviews section
The schedules are subject to change; check back for the latest information
Registration is required; imited availability
Register when you complete your online application. If you want to reschedule for another session, do it at least 1 day prior to your initially registered session.
All applicants should attend an on-campus intro interview. Out-of-town students may contact us to arrange a phone session.
EDP applicants must attend an info session. Don't be late and ensure that you stay through the entire session.
After attending an intro interview and receiving preliminary validation of your application, wait for the final interview invitation via email. Upon receiving it, which is a positive indicator of your application, complete the final interview application and review the student agreement. Then, contact us on Skype to arrange for a final phone interview.
Complete the final interview application
Review the student agreement
The final interview ensures that the applicants' expectations and the program's administration are in line. We will answer questions regarding their assigned host choices and confirm that the applicants possess a clear understanding of the program rules and arrangements by asking questions from the agreement.
If you are arranging your own housing, ensure to apply before or during the final interview and be prepared to provide necessary documentation within 7 days after the issuance of Form DS-7002.
Final interviews are typically conducted during our office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm EST (NY Time), which is evening hours in Asia.
After the final interview, you may rearrange your host priority based on a list of the assigned host choices and amend your final interview application within 48 hours. Then, wait for the results.
Accepted applicants will be notified via email. To confirm the acceptance offer, sign and submit the following documents in PDF format (combine multiple pages into one file for each document) within 72 hours.
Final interview application
First installment bank submission receipt
If you need more time, request a deadline extension for another 72 hours.
If you are purchasing your own insurance, make sure you declare it within 72 hours after conditional acceptance.
Note that this is a conditional admission. If we cannot fill any one of the assigned host choices, we will return you to the first installment.
After acceptance, students' resumes will be submitted to be refined in a resume workshop. Then we will circulate it to prospective hosts and finalize placement.
While waiting for your results, prepare the following documents which will take some time to collect. You will be required to submit them within 72 hours upon request in order to complete your application.
Proof of English proficiency
Official fall post-secondary transcripts
Recent financial statements (3 consecutive months)
Ensure that your proof of English proficiency is in sync with what you put in your application. If you are applying to the summer program, you will need to submit your transcripts with your 2017-2018 fall results, plus any transcripts you received after high school.
Refer to the requirements section regarding the financial solvency requirements. The statements can be from you, your immediate family members, and/or funding providers. Whether single or combined, ensure the amount exceeds the required amount for consecutive three months.
We heavily rely on email and Skype chat to communicate with students. This program is on a time-sensitive schedule with tight deadlines. Missing deadlines could result in program termination without refund. Thus, accepted students are strongly recommended to check their email daily and install Skype chat on both their phone and desktop with the status as available.
J-1 Visa Application
Foreign students interning in the US are required to join EVP and apply for the J-1 intern visa at a nearby embassy and consulate. After host placement is confirmed, we will work with the prospective host organizations to prepare necessary documents on their end.
In the meantime, gather the following documents ahead of time. You will need them for the visa interview.
Identification card (mainland China students)
Proof of relationship with funders (e.g. birth certificate)
Letter additional funding sources (e.g. grant providers)
Proof of insurance (if you purchase own insurance)
We as your visa sponsor will enter your record into SEVIS alongside your J-1 visa application. You and your host will review and sign Form DS-7002, a training plan which details your internship. Once completed, we will conduct a final review of your application and issue Form DS-2019, a necessary document required for the visa interview.
For those who purchase their own insurance, make certain that you submit the necessary documents within 72 hours upon the issuance of Form DS-7002. If you don't inform us of your insurance and housing decisions, you will automatically be placed in group insurance and group living.
Once we issue your SEVIS ID and e-mail the Form DS-2019, you will complete Form DS-160 and submit the I-901 payment online while we will proceed with the group health insurance purchase. Each student will be given a personalized visa interview preparation sheet. Study it, gather your materials and prepare for your visa interview.
Visa interviews typically take place in March. Host placements for most students take place before their interviews. Typically during the first week of April, we conduct an on-campus pre-departure briefing which requires attendance to prepare for the summer with discussions such as selecting group leaders, opening activities apply, etc.