CCIP is a stepping-stone for exchange interns to acquire professional skills/knowledge while gaining insight into American culture, values, norms, people, and business practices. It is also a cultural gateway where US host companies and organizations engage with the international community and keep current on global market trends.
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 internship experiences that promote global understanding. Through this dynamic cross-cultural collaboration, we foster the growth of the exchange interns' global mindset and promote mutually beneficial cultural exchange between the US and citizens of other countries.xxxx
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 international corporations.
CCIP also provides opportunities for internship hosts to engage with energetic, forward-looking young people from overseas. By participating, internship hosts benefit from exposure to exchange interns' different views, ideas, and cultural backgrounds. They can use the insights to gain an edge in today's globalized business world.
In addition, CCIP emphasizes a holistic experience of American life. The program provides many opportunities for exchange interns to not only participate in, but also lead cultural activities. While gaining immersion in American society and experiencing American culture at the ground level, the students also gain leadership experience and learn the skills that will make them contributing members and even drivers of the global economy.
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 United States and the Asia-Pacific region.
3. Collaborating with local citizens, community leaders, and organizations that share a global awareness and mindset and the next generation of global leaders from overseas.
4. Maintaining an intimate, integrated, and interactive program culture that promotes interns' personal and professional growth.
5. Integrating a holistic experience with teamwork, leadership, professionalism, and cultural sensitivity, approaching these goals with both technical mastery and soft skills.
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.
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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.
CCIP has achieved organizational and cultural success on many levels. We will continue our efforts to grow our list of milestones every year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.