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Returning to Cunningham Park: CCIP students volunteer
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sat, Jul 16, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sat, Jul 16, 2016 EST

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Dressed in matching shirts and gloves, a group of students from the Cross Cultural Internship Program ( returned to Cunningham Park in the morning on July 16th for a second day of volunteering. The park, located in central Queens, is 358 acres of trees, trails, and fields ideal for a game of baseball on a sunny summer's day.

On this warm Saturday morning, more than 20 CCIP exchange visitors arrived to give back to a community that has welcomed them in for the summer. Volunteer activities included gardening, trash pickup, and spreading fresh soil. They were joined by members of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation who worked alongside the students, teaching them gardening techniques while sharing what they love about the city.

"New Yorkers love their parks," Lujun Zhen (Cathy) commented. Cathy was one of the activity leaders and studies at Macau University of Science and Technology. "There are so many more than just Central Park. All of the green space is really beautiful, especially when you come across it in the middle of such a big city. It takes a lot of work to keep the parks so nice. I'm happy I could help, even if it was just a little."

Another activity leader, Nam Hei NG (Cato), was impressed by how much the group accomplished in only a few hours. "A big focus of CCIP is the idea that we are all in this together," said Cato, a student at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. "That idea is really clear when we're all working together towards a common goal like cleaning up the park. By the time we had finished for the day, the lawn looked like a brand new space."

He added, "I understand why they need volunteers, because there is too much to be done by only a few people."


The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a cultural exchange internship program that takes place in New York City every year. It is dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial East-West cultural exchange, targeting exchange visitors from Asia and the Pacific region.

CCIP provides exchange visitors and host organizations the opportunity to exchange insights, ideas, and experiences. Through the program, participants acquire practical knowledge and cultural experiences, and host organizations connect with the international community and stay abreast of trends in the global marketplace.

CCIP is organized by FUSIA Communications, one of the approximately 98 J-1 intern designated visa sponsors in the nation. FUSIA is responsible for the selection of interns as well as supporting and monitoring theĀ¬m during the program.

CCIP is a structured, full-placement internship program. Since 2008, CCIP has provided internship opportunities to over 850 exchange visitors. In 2015, 71 students were selected out of 1050 applicants. They were matched to 20-plus host organizations of diverse disciplines including government district offices, law firms, publishing houses, media firms, advertising agencies, real estate agencies, and more.

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