Welcome to CCIP

Celebrating our 10th anniversary

Since 2008, CCIP has been a leader in global internships connecting the US and Asia. In collaboration with our trusted partner universities in Asia and local host organizations in NYC, we sustain an engaging platform for our J-1 Interns to learn and grow. We are proud to have provided over 1000 students with many high-profile, in-depth opportunities over the past 10 years.

2018 promises to be a landmark year for CCIP! We will continue to cultivate the next generation of global professionals in enriching cultural environments as they learn and build professional skills in New York City. In one of the world's most cutting-edge cities, they will master the skills to navigate the ever-changing global marketplace.

We also look forward to working with our school partners and hosts to bring shared global visions to life. Together, we strive for a rich and mutually beneficial experience for our interns, school partners, and host organizations.

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CCIP Appreciation Day has been honored by the Manhattan Borough President four times in the history of New York City
What is the mission

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. She, in turn, 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 were stranded and needed local support. For the first time she learned about overseas internships. In a later casual chat with a Hong Kong university principal, she mentioned that she felt sympathy for the girls' experience and could offer help in case of contingency situations. Intrigued by her diverse background, the principal asked her to take on students for the university.

Since 2003, she and her professional acquaintances have taken on interns every summer....

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CCIP is a stepping stone for Asian exchange visitors to acquire practical experience and gain insights into American society, values, norms, people, business practices, and...

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Our mission at CCIP is twofold: to provide future-minded, culturally motivated, and globally responsible students with holistic cross-cultural internship experiences, and to work with socially...

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CCIP's goals for exchange visitors is to oversee the fulfillment of their internships by acquiring the skills, knowledge, and cultural understanding necessary to become contributing...

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CCIP's principle values:

1. Training young professionals as contributing members and leaders of the future global economy through a guided, structured internship program.

2. Fulfilling a unique...

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What is CCIP

Quick facts

Summer internship

The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is an Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Intern) that takes place every summer from May through August.

J-1 Internship

The program, established in 2008, is administered by FUSIA Communications, one of the 80+ Department of State designated visa sponsors in the J-1 Intern category, in collaboration with partner universities in Asia.

Holistic experience

CCIP is characterized by a holistic experience encouraging participants to maximize professional opportunities in networking, media exposure, and leadership -- an opportunity beyond simply interning.

Stepping stone for career success

CCIP is a steppingstone for exchange visitors to acquire practical and professional experience while gaining insight into American culture, values, norms, people, and business practices.

Cultural Gateway

CCIP is a cultural gateway for US companies and organizations to connect with the international community to stay abreast of global marketplace trends.

What has been accomplished


CCIP has achieved many successes, both on organizational and cultural levels, and it continues to add to its list of milestones with each new year.



In the first year after its launch, 78 students from participated in CCIP. The students attended internships at 11 hosts in New York and New Jersey.



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.



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.



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.



CCIP participation climbed even higher to 142 students. The program received its first federal-level proclamation from Sen. Charles E. Schumer.



FUSIA was awarded the New York Mets' Spirit Award in recognition of its successful accomplishments in connecting exchange visitors with the local community. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer declared August 26, 2013, "Cross Cultural Internship Day" in Manhattan. Toward the end of the year, FUSIA officially became a designated visa sponsor in the J-1 Intern category.



During the first year of its new designation, FUSIA accepted 69 exchange visitors (reduced number was due to quota control), chosen from 1079 applicants.



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



Participation grew to 75 students from 985 applicants. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer declared July 5, 2016, as "CCIP Appreciation Day." Founder Elizabeth Kay was awarded a commendation for a decade of facilitating cultural exchange in NYC.



Proclaiming July 17, 2017 "CCIP Appreciation Day," Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, recognized CCIP for its dedication to bridging cultural divides for the fourth time. CCIP had another record year for applicants, selecting 74 interns from 1355 applicants.

What CCIP has achieved


FUSIA, the organizer of CCIP, is of the 80+ organizations officially designated by the US Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program to conduct J-1 Internship programs. FUSIA is also a 100 percent minority- and woman-owned enterprise certified by the following authorities:


The City of New York's Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program


New York State Department of Economic Development as Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise


Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as Women's Business Enterprise (WBE)


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Certifying Partner in the New York State Unified Certification Program (NYSUCP)

The Council

Bona fide Minority Business Enterprise with New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise