How did CCIP get started?
The CCIP story
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.
CCIP is a stepping-stone for exchange interns to acquire practical and professional experience while gaining insight into American culture, values, norms, people, and business practices. CCIP is also a cultural...Read More
Our mission at CCIP is twofold: to provide future-oriented, culturally aware, and globally responsible students with holistic cross-cultural internship experiences, and to work with socially conscious internship hosts in providing...Read More
CCIP's goal is to expose exchange visitors to internship opportunities that will help them acquire valuable skills and knowledge in an American context that will make them more attractive to...Read More
1. Endowing participants with the necessary mindset, skill, knowledge and experience to be contributing members and leaders of the global economy.
2. Encouraging understanding and positive relations between citizens of the...Read More