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The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City
In NYC, it is now Apr 24, 2017 (Mon) 01:24 AMThe CCIP application process involves two steps. Firstly, complete docs 1 through 11 and attend an Intro Interview. Then, complete docs 12 and 13 and attend a Final Interview. Acceptance will be based on applicants' opt-in hosts and sessions in doc 13.
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Step 1 Intro Interview
To get started, register an account www.theccip.com/register. Log in and checkout the Host Roster; and ensure that you have a few host choices in mind. Review the materials and ensure that your objectives align with those of the program. Then, complete docs 1 - 11; register and attend the Intro Interview and Info Session. If you missed or cannot attend an on-campus session, complete docs 1-11 and then contact us to arrange an online session.
Doc 1 Professional Portrait
Each applicant is required to submit a recent professional portrait in JPEG format, 1MB or under. The portrait will mainly be used on the CCIP Resume (for sharing with the prospective hosts). A professional presentation is necessary.
Ensure that you complete the three steps. At Step 2, you will crop the photo to resemble our sample. Ensure that your photo is not too large or too small, has appropriate lighting, and allows enough space for cropping.
- File size 1 MB or less in JPEG format (color)
- Dress professionally and look engaging
- Your face should take up about 25 percent of the photo
- Your face should be centered and facing forward
- Have clear lighting and appropriate white balance
- Original photo must give enough room for cropping
- Entire face, head, and both shoulders must appear
- Photo is positioned vertically and right-side up
- Background should be a solid color (no shadows, preferably white or off-white)
Doc 2 Passport (valid through Dec 31, 2017)
Each applicant is required to submit a copy of his/her current and past passports, if any (the page showing the photo and personal info).
Students with a previous US visa application history should also attach a copy of each old or valid visa.
If the LPR country and the passport country are not the same, attach your LPR proof (e.g. residence card). US LPRs should attach a copy of their green card.
Ensure that you are able to show original copies of these documents at the visa interview.
Multiple-passport holders must decide at the time of their application which passport to use for their program (and later visa) applications, which must feature the same passport. A reciprocity fee is required upon approval of the J-1 visa for Australian passport holders (and for those of some other countries).
Doc 3 Proof of English Language Proficiency
Each applicant is required to submit valid proof showing that his/her English language skills are sufficient for daily communication in a US workplace setting.
An official transcript with the minimum score of any of the listed recognized examinations is required. Use a pen to circle or highlight your score, and write down the required score alongside it, before submission.
- 6.0 in IELTS
- 500/997 (paper-based) or 213/300 (computer-based) or 80/120 (online-based) in TOEFL
- Grade D/4 (or equivalent) in HKCEE/DSE (English subject)
- 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
If you are unable to provide any proof, download the English Proficiency Verification form and have it completed and signed by an authorized school official or English professor. Alternatively, you may contact us, and we will assign an officer to conduct the test (refer to the verification form for details).
Doc 4 Proof of Financial Solvency
Each applicant is required to submit a copy of his/her passbook, bank statement, or letter showing readily accessible funds of USD 2725 or more to prove his/her ability to fulfill the financial solvency requirement.
This amount is calculated based on USD 1500 in emergency funds plus USD 1225 in living expenses (USD 25 x 49 days). It is the minimum requirement; additional funds and a more updated verification may be required at the time of the visa application.
The document should show the account holder's name, balance, and statement date, as printed by the bank, not the applicant.
Use a pen to circle or highlight (1) the account holder's name (if the account holder is not the applicant, indicate how the two are related), (2) statement date (must be within three months of the current date), and (3) the amount (if it is not in USD, indicate the estimated equivalent and the exchange rate).
Doc 5 Postsecondary Transcript(s)
Each applicant is required to submit a complete set (anything after high school) of the most up-to-date postsecondary transcripts to prove his/her school enrollment and CGPA and to support the relevance between his/her academic studies and the prospective occupational category.
Freshmen who have not received their first postsecondary transcript should submit their last and complete high school transcript.
An unofficial copy is acceptable during the application.
When the fall semester results become available, or at a later time before the visa interview, a complete set of official, up-to-date postsecondary transcripts listing all courses taken, scores, and the latest CGPA will be required.
Use a pen to circle or highlight the CGPA, if any, and include the estimated score over the 4.0 score if in another scale system.
If this is not the final submission, write down the estimated resubmission date (when fall results become available) on the top right corner.
Regardless of whether this is the final submission, the document should show the applicant's name and courses taken (not just the CGPA), as printed by the institution, not the applicant.
Doc 6 Student Identification Card
Each applicant is required to submit his/her current school-issued student identification card (the side with the applicant's name and photo).
Students from non-partner universities should attach a school-issued letter to endorse their current full-time, non-probation student status and enrollment.
Doc 7 Student Agreement
The Student Agreement specifies important information (terms, guidelines, policies, arrangements, rules, and regulations) associated with students joining the program.
In light of the significant amount of information, applicants should download and read it ahead of time.
Upon thorough study of and complete agreement to the terms contained within, sign the document using a real pen.
Doc 8 Student Application
The Student Application is a multipurpose document that consists of information regarding the applicant's academic and personal profile, contact information, and two professional references who will be contacted via email to endorse the student's application.
Information in this document will also be used for the J-1 visa application. Any discrepancies may incur a penalty for correction and/or hamper the visa application; accurate, complete, and up-to-date entries are necessary.
Complete the document via the corresponding panel and then generate and upload the document. Fill out all required fields.
Ensure that the submitted document's information is in sync with the information you entered in doc 8. Submit this doc before the others so that we have information that we can later use for validation.
Pay attention to word spacing and punctuation (capitalization can be disregarded).
Address and contact information must be complete and current. A typical complete address includes the street name and street number, apartment number, room and/or floor if available, city or town, province, postal code, and country.
In compliance with the Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS, addresses should be in USPS format. Some terms may be automatically abbreviated, and punctuation will be removed when submitted.
Unless you are living in a house, do not skip the apartment number or floor; unless your house takes the whole block, do not skip the street number.
Doc 9 CCIP Resume
The CCIP Resume is a multipurpose document that consists of all pertinent information related to the student's academic profile, including special skills and knowledge, personal profile, achievements, and professional experiences.
This document is an important indicator of candidates' written English and presentation skills. It is also a key document for hosts to use to make their final decision. Treat it seriously.
The Self-Intro is in place of the cover letter, which is typically required for all program applications. A sample can be downloaded for your reference. Follow our format.
We ask students to submit their resumes in the same template (do not submit your own resume) and format for convenient referencing when hosts review candidates' resumes in batches and also to ensure fairness among candidates.
Resumes require a certain format. Try to show consistency, use correct, professional English, and elaborate as much as you can to give readers a more holistic view. Do not leave fields blank. If you have no experience or achievements, list school activities.
All necessary fields are required; ensure that the CGPA is in sync with the submitted transcript.
Doc 10 Medical Clearance
The Medical Clearance consists of information concerning the applicant's health conditions and medical proxies. Medical proxies are authorized by the applicant to make medical decisions in case of emergency situations; ensure that both proxies are informed ahead of time and possess the necessary knowledge to perform certain tasks such as using email and scanning signed documents.
Medical examinations conducted by a licensed physician, at the student's expense, may be required at a later time. Truthful, complete, and current answers are necessary.
All necessary fields are required. Complete via the corresponding panel and then generate the document and review, amend, and sign the final version using a real pen and upload.
Doc 11 Intro Interview Questionnaire
The Intro Interview Questionnaire is a multipurpose document that consists of mandatory interview questions to be completed by the applicant ahead of time. It improves time efficiency in the interview and helps to determine the suitability of the applicant.
Answer truthfully and thoroughly by referencing the pointers, if any. Write in English and in paragraph format. Avoid giving cliche answers. Separate each paragraph with an extra line of space. Be sure that the entire essay fits on a single PDF page.
Step 2 Final Interview
After successful completion of docs 1-11 and passing the Intro Interview, complete docs 12-13, and then register for and attend the Final Interview. After the interview, upload your finalized docs 12 and 13 within 48 hours. Once accepted, the first installment is due within 72 hours.
Doc 12 Final Interview Questionnaire
The Final Interview Questionnaire is a multipurpose document that consists of mandatory interview questions to be completed by the applicant ahead of time. It improves time efficiency in the interview and helps to determine the suitability of the applicant.
Answer truthfully and thoroughly by referencing the pointers, if any. Write in English and in paragraph format. Avoid giving cliche answers. Separate each paragraph with an extra line of space. Be sure that the entire essay fits on a single PDF page.
Doc 13 Host and Session Preferences
The Host and Session Preferences document specifies the applicant's host selection and session preferences, important factors in the program acceptance decision. This document is completed in reference to the Host Roster; the program acceptance decision will be contingent upon the program's ability to fulfill at least one of the host and session preferences.
More opt-ins lead to a higher chance of acceptance, but the applicant should also be mindful and serious about his/her opt-ins.
Final placement will be contingent upon Parts A and B. Part C is for reference only. Ensure that you are able to provide proof of the academic relevance between any of your selections in Part A, and of your availability during the sessions you opted-in in Part B.
Further amendment, except in cases of new hosts joining prior to confirmation of the applicant's host placement decision, is not permitted.
Doc 14 First Installment
The Billing Statement (First Installment) itemizes the costs and payments associated with each applicant's account. It also details the payment submission and refund policies.
The First Installment includes 50 percent of the program administration fee based on the standard seven-week duration and the USD 180 SEVIS fee. The submission (wire transfer application form or receipt) is due within 72 hours upon conditional acceptance.
Refer to the Student Agreement for relevant details.
Ensure that the sender indicates responsible for all associated bank fees and that the student's full name is in the wire transfer application.
Ensure that you meet the program requirements for admission.
Degree-pursuing, full-time bachelor's or master's
Applicants must be full-time, degree-pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate students, currently studying in a partner institution of CCIP or an accredited post-secondary institution. If the latter, students can apply at any time, but acceptance will only be made in or after February.
18 years of age or older, or will be age 18
Applicants must be aged 18 or older as of the program start date.
CGPA of 2.5/4.0 or more
Applicants must maintain a CGPA of 2.5 or higher on the 4.0 scale (please adjust accordingly if the school follows a different grading system). This requirement, however, may be lower in consideration of the school ranking.
Not on academic probation
Applicants must not be on academic probation and have no pending disciplinary action. Additional proof is required upon request.
Clean criminal and US immigration records
Applicants must have clean criminal and US immigration records.
Applicants must be in good health, physically and mentally, and be qualified to attend an overseas internship program. Endorsement from a certified physician may be required upon request, before or during the internship program.
Applicants must have the financial solvency to be responsible for expenses or costs associated with participation in the program. See Proof of Financial Solvency for details.
Satisfactory level of English proficiency
Applicants must be proficient enough in English to handle communicating on a daily basis in an American workplace. Refer to Proof of English Language Proficiency for details.
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
Applicants who are foreign nationals 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
Applicants who are foreign nationals must take part in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Intern category) through a US Department of State-designated sponsoring organization (such as FUSIA) that facilitates exchange visitors' entry into the US and monitors their activities while in the US and helps ensure that they and their proposed internship satisfy the Exchange Visitor Program's requirements.
Previous participation in EVP (J-1 Intern)
Applicants who are foreign nationals 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
FUSIA is designated by the US Department of State to sponsor J-1 Interns in various occupational categories. Applicants 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
Some partner institutions impose additional requirements for their students.
National University of Singapore (NUS)
NUS students should also reference http://www.nus.edu.sg/IRO/opps/intern/ccip/index.html. For further inquires, contact International Relations Office (IRO).
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
CUHK final-year students can apply to the program but they will NOT be considered for GIP participation. Direct GIP-related questions to the Career Planning and Development Center.
College of Business, City University of Hong Kong (CITYU)
CB students interested in CCIP must be full-time and enrolled in Business Practice Internship (CB3800) for summer 2017 before departing for the internship program. Note that the school partnership is only applicable to CB students. Students of other colleges should apply as non-partner school students. For more details, please click https://www.theccip.com/download/Form_CITYU1.pdf.
Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)
HKU students may apply via http://apps.cedars.hku.hk/applyjob. Reference: [Ref. S014]. The CEDARS interview will be held in place of the CCIP Intro Interview. Nominees from CEDARS will receive priority admission to the program and priority regarding host placement. The next interview will take place on Dec 19, 2016 (deadline: Dec 11, 2016). For more information, email email@example.com or call 2859 2314.
The program operates on a calendar 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 and will include non-partner school and waitlist applicants. Apply earlier will increase the chance to be placed with your preferred host choices.
The program duration ranges from 6 to 14 weeks. Most students join the 7-week A or B session.
|Session||Duration||Program Start||Program End||Admin Fee||Remarks|
|A||7 wks||May 20, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 8, 2017 (Sat)||USD 2745||Standard|
|B||7 wks||Jul 8, 2017 (Sat)||Aug 26, 2017 (Sat)||USD 2745||Standard|
|C||6 wks||May 27, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 8, 2017 (Sat)||USD 2745||Shortened (same as 7 wk rate)|
|D||6 wks||Jul 8, 2017 (Sat)||Aug 19, 2017 (Sat)||USD 2745||Shortened (same as 7 wk rate)|
|E||9 wks||May 6, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 8, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3145||Extended (+2 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 9 wks|
|F||12 wks||May 6, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 29, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3745||Extended (+5 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 12 wks|
|G||12 wks||May 20, 2017 (Sat)||Aug 12, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3745||Extended (+5 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 12 wks|
|I||10 wks||May 6, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 15, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3345||Extended (+3 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 10 wks|
|J||10 wks||May 20, 2017 (Sat)||Jul 29, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3345||Extended (+3 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 10 wks|
|K||10 wks||Jun 17, 2017 (Sat)||Aug 26, 2017 (Sat)||USD 3345||Extended (+3 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 10 wks|
|L||14 wks||May 20, 2017 (Sat)||Aug 26, 2017 (Sat)||USD 4145||Extended (+7 wks) $2745 + USD 200 x 14 wks|Info Sessions and Interviews
The Info Session provides an opportunity for applicants to acquire useful information about the program and interact with the interviewer.
The Intro Interview is to identify individuals who meet the requirements and to ensure that applicants' expectations and the program's administration are in line. Each session is conducted in an individual or group format. If in person, the dress code requires business attire. Some sessions are conducted via Skype chat or the partner schools; regarding those, refer to specific instructions.
The Final Interview is to discuss host and session preferences and to confirm that applicants are possess a clear understanding of the program rules and arrangements. Each session is conducted in an individual or group format, typically via Skype chat and phone.
DO NOT SKIP the Info Session, unless none are available. You may register for one now, or after logging in. Below information is subject to change without prior notice; check back for changes 48 hours prior to your scheduled sessions.
|1||Info Session||Jan 11 (Wed) at 11:00 am||MUST||International College||N301|
|2||Info Session||Jan 11 (Wed) at 3:00 pm||UMAC||Anthony Lau Building (E4)||G051|
|3||Intro Interview||Jan 11 (Wed) at 5:30 pm||MUST||International College||N301|
|4||Intro Interview||Jan 12 (Thu) at 11:00 am||UMAC||Anthony Lau Building (E31)||Room 2019|
|5||Intro Interview||Jan 12 (Thu) at 3:00 pm||MUST||International College||N301|
|6||Intro Interview||Jan 12 (Thu) at 3:45 pm||MUST||International College||N317|
|7||Info Session||Jan 13 (Fri) at 5:00 pm||NTU||The Hive||LHS -LT|
|8||Intro Interview||Jan 16 (Mon) at 2:00 pm||NTU||The Hive||TR-46|
|9||Intro Interview||Jan 16 (Mon) at 2:45 pm||NTU||The Hive||TR-46|
|10||Intro Interview||Jan 16 (Mon) at 4:15 pm||NTU||The Hive||TR-46|
|11||Info Session||Jan 17 (Tue) at 4:30 pm||NUS||NUS University Town||Stephen Riady Centre|
|12||Intro Interview||Jan 18 (Wed) at 10:00 am||NUS||Shaw Foundation Alumni Hse||Cinnamon Room Level 5|
|13||Intro Interview||Jan 18 (Wed) at 10:45 am||NUS||Shaw Foundation Alumni Hse||Cinnamon Room Level 5|
|14||Info Session||Jan 19 (Thu) at 11:00 am||HSMC||Lee Quo Wei Academic Bldg||Rm D603|
|15||Intro Interview||Jan 19 (Thu) at 11:30 am||HSMC||Lee Quo Wei Academic Bldg||Rm D603|
|16||Info Session||Jan 19 (Thu) at 2:30 pm||EDUHK||B1||LP-03|
|17||Intro Interview||Jan 19 (Thu) at 3:00 pm||EDUHK||B1||LP-03|
|18||Info Session||Jan 19 (Thu) at 3:30 pm||EDUHK||B1||LP-03|
|19||Intro Interview||Jan 19 (Thu) at 4:00 pm||EDUHK||B1||LP-03|
|20||Info Session||Jan 20 (Fri) at 10:30 am||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|21||Intro Interview||Jan 20 (Fri) at 12:00 pm||CITYU||Academic 3||Rm 8-210|
|22||Info Session||Jan 20 (Fri) at 2:00 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|23||Intro Interview||Jan 20 (Fri) at 2:45 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|24||Info Session||Jan 20 (Fri) at 3:15 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|25||Intro Interview||Jan 20 (Fri) at 4:00 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|26||Info Session||Jan 20 (Fri) at 4:30 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|27||Intro Interview||Jan 20 (Fri) at 5:15 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|28||Intro Interview||Jan 23 (Mon) at 9:30 am||CITYU||Academic 1||Y5-404|
|29||Info Session||Jan 23 (Mon) at 9:30 am||CITYU||Academic 1||Y5-404|
|30||Intro Interview||Jan 23 (Mon) at 10:15 am||CITYU||Academic 1||Y5-404|
|31||Info Session||Jan 23 (Mon) at 2:00 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|32||Intro Interview||Jan 23 (Mon) at 2:45 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|33||Info Session||Jan 23 (Mon) at 3:15 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|34||Intro Interview||Jan 23 (Mon) at 4:00 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|35||Info Session||Jan 23 (Mon) at 4:30 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|36||Intro Interview||Jan 23 (Mon) at 5:15 pm||CUHK||Benjamin Franklin Ctr||1/F|
|37||Info Session||Jan 24 (Tue) at 11:15 am||OUHK||1/F, Block C||L133/L134|
|38||Intro Interview||Jan 24 (Tue) at 12:00 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C||L133/L134|
|39||Info Session||Jan 24 (Tue) at 1:15 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C||L133/L134|
|40||Intro Interview||Jan 24 (Tue) at 2:00 pm||OUHK||1/F, Block C||L133/L134|
|41||Info Session||Jan 24 (Tue) at 4:45 pm||HKU||CEDARS||MW318|
|42||Intro Interview||Jan 24 (Tue) at 5:15 pm||HKU||CEDARS||MW318|
|43||Info Session||Jan 25 (Wed) at 11:00 am||HKSYU||Academic Building||Rm 105|
|44||Intro Interview||Jan 25 (Wed) at 11:00 am||HKSYU||Academic Building||Rm 105|Materials
Review the materials and ensure that your objectives align with those of the program before registering an account.
For immediate assistance, contact us via Whatsapp (+1 917 244-2600), WeChat (FUSIA-CCIP), and/or Skype (fusia_18).
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