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CCIP exchange visitors see the Statue of Liberty up close
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Sun, Jun 05, 2016
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Sun, Jun 05, 2016 EST

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There is no New York icon more recognizable than the Statue of Liberty. Donated to the US by the people of France and officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, Lady Liberty is located on an island in Upper New York Bay and attracts four million people each year.

On June 5th, after the second post-arrival orientation, the CCIP ( exchange visitors headed to Liberty Island. They first gathered for lunch before taking the train to lower Manhattan to ferry over to the island.

"This was easily one of the activities the group was most excited for," said Yuhuan He (Thomas), one of the activity leaders. "Everyone wanted to take as many photos as possible in front of the famous statue. I thought the stories we heard were really interesting, especially how both New Jersey and New York fought to claim the statue as theirs."

More than just a great tourist site, the Statue of Liberty is an official national monument and a symbol of the United States' history as a home for people from all over the world. The group's visit also included Ellis Island, the historical first stop for over 12 million immigrants from the end of the 19th century to 1954.

"Being at the museum on Ellis Island was a really special experience," said fellow activity leader, Yang Le Lim, who is studying at Nanyang Technological University. "I immediately felt like I was part of history standing where so many people had entered the country. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for all those travelers."


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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