How CCIP got started?

The birth of CCIP

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 the Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) in collaboration with three universities. In 2014, FUSIA became an official J-1 Intern visa sponsor.

Today, CCIP has a strong alumni network with over 1,000 past participants across the globe and works with an impressive number of high-ranking universities across the Asia-Pacific region. We also work with over 20 host organizations across NYC. Together, we share a similar vision of a rigorous, in-depth exchange visitor experience.

Purpose

CCIP is a stepping-stone for exchange interns to acquire professional skills/knowledge while gaining insight into American culture, values, norms, people,... Read More

Mission

Our mission at CCIP is twofold: to provide future-oriented, culturally aware, and globally responsible students with holistic cross-cultural internship experiences,... Read More

Goals

CCIP's goal is to expose exchange visitors to internship opportunities that will help them acquire valuable skills and knowledge in... Read More

Values

1. Endowing participants with the necessary mindset, skill, knowledge and experience to be contributing members and leaders of the global... Read More

CCIP is a social enterprise internship program dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial East-West cultural exchange. Since 2008, CCIP has provided cultural exchange internship opportunities to over 1,000 student interns.
What has CCIP accomplished?

Milestones 2008-2019

CCIP has achieved organizational and cultural success on many levels. We will continue our efforts to grow our list of milestones every year.

2008

2008

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.

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2009

2009

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.

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2010

2010

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.

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2011

2011

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.

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2012

2012

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.

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2013

2013

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.

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2014

2014

During the first year of its new designation, FUSIA accepted 69 exchange visitors with a reduced quota control number chosen from 1079 applicants.

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2015

2015

Participation increased from 69 to 71 students, chosen from 1058 applicants.

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2016

2016

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.

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2017

2017

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.

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2018

2018

CCIP celebrated 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 declared CCIP Appreciation Day for the fifth time in New York City.

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2019

2019

In 2019, 74 students selected out of 1,301 applicants participated in CCIP. Our efforts in promoting cultural exchange have been praised in the US host and government communities with our awards and commendations now reaching 160+. On June 28, 2019, CCIP celebrated its 11th anniversary at Citi Field with 120 guests and participants. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer declared CCIP Appreciation Day for the sixth time in New York City.

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