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You already know the value of CCIP. Here’s how to get started for applying to the 2020 CCIP Summer Internship Program.

Firstly, familiarize yourself with CCIP by visiting our website and related program materials. To apply, register for an account (theccip.com/apply), use Google Chrome to log in/complete the online application (steps 1 and 2.1-2.2) and register for/attend an interview.

IMPORTANT: At least 24 hours before your interview, contact us via WhatsApp chat to request a review/acceptance of your application (steps 1 and 2.1-2.2) and host assignments (step 2.4).

For questions, please contact us via WhatsApp chat at +1 917 244 2600 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST (please adjust for the time difference as we are in NYC).

Info talks and interviews

Late applicants who missed the Oct/Jan on-campus info talks/interviews may contact us via WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) to request a quick walkthrough of the program and check on the host availability before applying.
How to apply

Application procedures

Admission is on rolling basis; the earlier you join, the more host/session choices you have.
The more host/session choices you select, the higher your chance of admission and getting your wanted choices.
Applicants should be flexible about your host choices and apply early.

CCIP partner universities
Who can apply?

Admission Requirements

CCIP welcomes applicants who are full-time, full-degree postgraduates and undergraduates age 18+. Ideal candidates meet the admission requirements, possess basic professional competency, a positive attitude, an open mind, and a strong desire to learn and grow.

The applicant (a) is a full-time degree-pursuing postgraduate or undergraduate, age 18 or older as of May 15, 2020, currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at an accredited, foreign ministerial-recognized postsecondary academic institution located outside of the United States; (b) is not on academic probation; (c) has no pending disciplinary action; (d) has a CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR lower but has obtained an exception from CCIP; (e) has a major or minor pertinent to at least one or more of the J-1 occupational categories sponsored by the program's organizer; (f) is aware that CCIP is not designed for applicants to explore a field different from their studies; and (g) able to provide a copy of the latest official postsecondary transcripts from all postsecondary institutions that s/he has attended within 14 days upon request after the release of 2019 fall semester results.

Remarks: The program's organizer, FUSIA, sponsors internships in the following J-1 occupational categories: (a) Arts and Culture, (b) Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, (c) Information Media and Communications, (d) Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, (e) Public Administration and Law, and (fi) The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations.

The applicant (a) has a clear understanding of all costs associated with joining CCIP; (b) has reviewed details of CCIP himself/herself and with his/her parents; (c) has received support from his/her parents who have sufficient financial solvency; (d) has confirmed that s/he will have sufficient finances to comfortably support himself/herself for his/her entire stay in the US; and (e) is able to provide original proof within 14 days upon request – the three most recent monthly bank statements (or equivalent) AND the three most recent years of tax documents (or equivalent).

Remarks: CCIP cannot accept applicants with financial difficulties. The bank statements that belong to you, your parents, and/or direct relatives can be combined to calculate the minimum financial requirement – a minimum balance of USD 2,000 for emergencies plus USD 30 estimated daily expenses multiplied by the number of program days of your longest opt-in program session. Students receiving subsidies, such as CITYU's Joseph Lau Non-Local Internship Awards, OUHK's Subsidy Scheme for International Internship, NTU's Overseas Attachment Subsidies, HKUST's Overseas Internship Sponsorship Scheme, and the Hong Kong government's Reaching Out Award, may apply their subsidies toward the minimum financial requirement (a valid supporting proof will be required).

The applicant (a) is in good physical and mental health; (b) qualified to participate in an internship program abroad; and (c) able to provide the Physician Endorsement Form signed by a certified physician at the applicant's expense within 48 hours upon request.

Remarks: The Physician Endorsement form is required on a case-by-case basis. Health problems is not a reason to withdraw for a refund of any paid fees.

The Applicant, unless an exception has been granted by CCIP, (a) has clean immigrant and criminal records; (b) has never been denied a US visa or entry into the US; (c) has no intent to seek employment or permanent residence in the US through CCIP; (d) can provide strong evidence to support his/her intent to return home and to leave the US within 30 days after completion of CCIP; (e) is not associated with and has not travelled to any US visa-sanctioned countries; (f) has family members who have no pending US immigration application; (g) has family members who are not US citizens or green card holders; and (h) has family members who have not acted in any way, to the best of the applicant's knowledge, that may bar the applicant's entry to the US.

Remarks: The US imposes strict regulations for foreigners interning in the US. CCIP internships constitute no employment relationship. Applicants who expect return offers from their US hosts after the internships are not eligible to join the program. Examples of US visa-sanctioned countries include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

Applicant (a) possesses English language skills sufficient to function successfully on a day-to-day basis in English-speaking social and professional settings as determined by an objective proficiency measurement; and (b) can provide qualified proof to support his/her English proficiency.

Remarks: A photocopy of results (official photocopies are preferred) from one of the following English language tests taken within the past five years and that your score must meet the stated minimum score noted below: (1) IELTS 6.0/9.0 or above; (2) HKCEE/DSE (English Language) D or 4/7 or above; (3) TOEFL (paper) 550/677 or above; (4) TOEFL (computer) 213/300 or above; (5) TOEFL (online) 80/120 or above; (6) A or O-Level (English language) C or above; (7) CET-4 550/710 or above; (8) CET-6 520/710 or above; (9) College Entrance Examination (English subject) 120/150 (national) or above; (10) IB (English subject) 4/7 or above; (11) GCSE/IGCSE (English language) C or above; (12) SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 590/800 or above; (13) SAT Reasoning Test Essay Score (before March 2016) 8/12 or above; (14) GRE 150/170 (verbal) 150/170 (quantitative) 3.0/6.0 (analytical) or above. Transcripts must include essential information and please use a pen to circle the (1) test name, (2) applicant's name, (3) test date, (4) score, and (5) the stated minimum score. (15) Obtain a school letter (see step 1.2 Part F). (16) Native English speakers born and raised in Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, or Zimbabwe can use an elementary AND secondary school transcripts or diplomas to prove (simply a passport or birth certificate copy is not enough).

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Special conditions

CCIP prioritizes applicants from our partner schools and who apply/attend an on-campus interview in late Sept/early Oct (window 1) and late Jan/Feb (window 2). Special arrangements apply to late applicants, students attending academic exchanges, US citizens/LPRs, F-1 and J-1 visa holders, and non-partner school applicants.

Have questions?

2020 CCIP Application Guide

This guide covers essential information to help applicants prepare for the CCIP application.
Go over it carefully and contact us via WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST) for assistance.

How to apply?

To apply, (a) study our website (theccip.com/info and theccip.com/how), (b) create an account (theccip.com/apply), (c) log in/complete application steps 1 and 2.1-2.2, (d) contact the organizer on WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) to request a pre-interview screening (i.e. review/accept your application, followed by host assignments) 24 hours prior to your interview, and (e) prepare for/attend an interview.

Who can apply?

CCIP welcomes applications from full-time degree-pursing postgraduates and undergraduates age 18 or older who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the US. Ideal candidates meet the admission requirements, possess basic professional competency, along with a positive attitude, an open mind, and a strong desire to grow.

When to apply?

Applicants should begin applying (a) after Sept 1 and attend an on-campus interview in early Oct (window 1) or (b) after Jan 1 and interview in late Jan/Feb (window 2). Between the two windows and after Feb, late applications are accepted upon availability on a rolling basis.

When to intern?

CCIP takes place in the summer with three starting dates: May 16, May 30, or July 11 and with different program durations: standard (6 weeks) or extended (8, 10, 12, or 14 weeks). Before your interview, finalize your session choices (application step 2.4). See theccip.com/schedule.

Where to intern?

CCIP takes place in NYC with most hosts in Manhattan and Queens, plus two in Brooklyn and one in New Jersey. The 2020 Host Roster offers a wealth of professions in marketing or related; public administration and community outreach, or law; accounting, insurance, or transportation logistics; IT, CS, design, and/or related; civil, geotechnical, mechanical, or electrical engineering; architecture; museum and performing arts. Visit theccip.com/host.

What are the required materials?

When competing application steps 1 and 2.1-2.1, you will need to upload your (a) professional portrait photo in jpg (sample) in jpg and five A4 pdfs: (b) passport (sample) valid through Dec 31, 2020; (c) permanent resident card (sample); (d) permanent address proof (sample); (e) school-issued ID (sample) showing the side with your photo and biographical information; and (f) English proficiency proof (sample) that matches your dashboard selection (if unavailable, submit a school letter – use the template from your dashboard).

Enlist parents from the start

It's natural for parents to worry. Here are some ways to ease their minds: Enlist them from the start, choose a host that's nearby, share with them CCIP's cohesive living culture, and tap on the GPS buddy program to look after each other.

What is Priority Admission?

Priority Admission (PA) is an early application option for students who have finished thorough program research and know that CCIP is their first choice. Qualified applicants will be entitled to (a) host placement and program admission priority and (b) USD 50 off (first installment received by Dec 31, 2019) or USD 25 off (received by Feb 28, 2020) the second installment deducted from the program administration fee. To qualify, an applicant must (a) register for PA upon account registration, (b) be a partner school student, (c) attend a CCIP on-campus info talk AND interview IN-PERSON with qualified attendance taken, (d) complete application steps 1, 2.1-2.2 and obtain confirmation email eight hours before the interview, and (e) submit the signed application/agreement and first installment payment receipt by the specified deadlines AND have them accepted by CCIP with confirmation emails before Feb 28, 2020. Applicants joining by Feb 28, 2020 but missing (d) or (e) may apply for makeup options before paying the first installment.

Need help?

For questions, feel free to contact us via WhatsApp at +1 917 244 2600 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST (please adjust for the time difference as we are in NYC).

Program & housing fees

There is no fee to apply. If accepted, you pay 50% of the program fee within 48 hours to confirm joining. Upon visa interview, you pay the remaining program fee + housing fee at USD 120/night (single) or USD 60/night (double). To illustrate, a 6-week program (partner school rate, double) requires USD 5,670 (USD 3,150 program fee + USD 60/night x 7 days x 6 weeks). For 8 weeks, add USD 400 (USD 200 x 2 extended weeks). Visit theccip.com/fee.

Related expenses

In addition to the program and housing fees, budget at least another USD 1,000 for related expenses: (a) USD 160 visa application fee, (b) USD 180 SEVIS fee, (c) ~USD 100 insurance fee, (d) ~USD 600 air tickets, and (e) USD 200 admin deposit. Aside from mandatory expenses, estimate ~USD 20-40/day for personal expenses and reserve at least USD 2,000 for possible emergencies. Visit theccip.com/fee.


For profit-hosts offer each intern a stipend ranging from USD 50 to 200 per week. Nonprofit internships are unpaid. All internships in the program meet the Department of Labor's seven criteria and NYS regulations for unpaid internships. All interns are responsible to pay taxes on any received wages/stipends.


Hong Kong students may apply for the Reaching Out Award from the HKSAR government. Application deadlines vary by individual universities. Additional funding may be available for students from CITYU; CUHK; NTU; OUHK.

Communal living

CCIP is characterized by communal living where participants live together at the designated housing facility (Asiatic Hotel) in Flushing, Queens – a culturally diverse neighborhood that is convenient, accessible, and affordable. Students are encouraged to hang out together and cultivate an atmosphere of safety, trust, and emotional support. Visit theccip.com/housing

Living alone

No, all CCIP participants live together at the designated housing facility. The program stresses teamwork and group activities. Students who look out for each other develop mutual responsibility and maturity while keeping each other safe.

Financial solvency

Applicants must be financially self-sufficient for the program – this is the law. When applying for the visa, you must provide qualifying proof to support your financial solvency (e.g. your three most recent monthly bank statements) in order to pass the interview.

Assignment of roommates

After the visa interview and completion of the required steps, students will be invited to the Housing Panel where they may swap roommates from computerized assignments before the specified deadline.

Assignment of rooms

Typically, two students share a room at USD 60/night, but there are exceptions: (a) Students may room alone and pay USD 120/night. (b) If the total number of students of the same gender is uneven, students may bunk three to a room and pay a lower rate. The housing rates are subject to change within 10% variance. Each standard double has two single-to-full sized beds; each standard king has one king sized bed. There is no guarantee for single/double occupancy rooms.


CCIP interviews assess applicants' English proficiency, knowledge of the program's rules and arrangements, and expectations for the program and hosts. Each interview lasts about ~30 minutes. On-campus interviews are conducted in small groups, typically with presence of alumni; online interviews are conducted on WhatsApp chat and video call.

Pre-interview screening

A pre-screening interview is a mandatory step that must be completed at least 24 hours before your scheduled interview with both you and we are online. Once your application (steps 1 and 2.1-2.2) is completed, contact us via WhatsApp during our office hours in NY M-F 9 am – 5 pm EST or after 9 pm SG/HK time to request a review/acceptance of your application, followed by assignment of host choices (step 2.4).

Info talk

CCIP info talks supplement applicants' knowledge about the program with pointers not easily addressed in writing. Each info talk lasts about 45-60 minutes, and is typically conducted at partner schools in early Oct (window 1) and late Jan/Feb (window 2) by a program officer from New York along with any alumni. There is no dress code, but if you interview is conducted on campus the same day, dress in business attire. Attendance in an info talk is optional but recommended.

Register & reschedule

Applicants may register for an info talk/interview when creating their user account (theccip.com/apply) or after logging in (theccip.com/login). To reschedule/cancel a registration, please do so at least eight hours prior to your initial registration.

Prepare for an interview

After the pre-screening interview and before your interview, study the Student Agreement (step 2.3) thoroughly, opt out any unwanted host choices/sessions (step 2.4-L), and indicate your top three host choices (step 2.4-M). Also, double check your Student Application for errors; any mistakes found later will incur a USD 50 admin fee per occurrence to rectify.

Info talk to supplement

We expect that applicants read on their own and use an info talk to supplement their information rather than rely on it entirely. That means, applicants should decide whether or not to apply to the program with or without an info talk.

Assignment criteria

Your host assignment is determined by an array of factors: (a) your current fields of study (ensure that you can explain relevance between your academic curriculum and your chosen internships in step 2.4 – this is the law), (b) academic credentials (e.g. GPA, IELTS score, and so on), (c) application score (the application system is AI-integrated to assess an applicant's competence, attitude, and aptitude based on how s/he complete the application process), (d) personal preference, and (e) host availability (the earlier you apply, the more host choices you will have).

Academic relevance

Academic relevance is a requirement for the J-1 Intern visa. To further explain, a business major can attend an internship in marketing but not an internship in engineering unless the student has a minor in engineering. Additional proof is required upon request. If you haven't declared your majors/minors or if your studies are not directly related to your degree/major names, you may show proof such as transcripts, curriculum brochures, or a self-certified write-up to explain.

Changes after acceptance

Once the admission decision is made, typically at the end of the interview, no changes to your internship host/session choices/preferences are allowed. You may, however, opt in additional hosts/sessions before announcement of your final host placement.

Guaranteed placement

Program acceptance is contingent upon CCIP's ability to place you to one of your listed hosts within one of your listed sessions (step 2.4). If we can't fulfill this commitment, unless you volunteer to choose another unlisted option, provided that such option is available, we will cancel your enrollment in the program and refund you 100% of your paid program admin fee.

Final placement

The first payment installment (50% of the program fee) is due within 48 hours of acceptance. By that time, you know that you will intern at one of your listed host choices (step 2.4-L) within one of your listed sessions (step 2.4-M). Unless you apply to the program after February, you should know your final host placement by the end of Feb/early March upon issuance/signing of the DS-7002 form.

The Host Roster

Visit the Host Roster (in your user panel), CCIP's Instagram (instagram.com/theccip), and host photo galleries (theccip.com/2019host, change the year in the URL for photos from previous years). Serious applicants will be assigned an alumnus for insights and assistance.

Result notification

The acceptance decision is typically made at the end of the interview. Once the decision is made, your application panel (including your host/session choices) will be locked for changes.

Confirm joining

To confirm joining, upload a copy of your wire transfer receipt or proof (50% of the program fee) and the signed/dated Student Application and Student Agreement in pdf (step 2.5) within 48 hours. Tell the bank that you will accept all relevant bank charges to avoid any outstanding balance; if such option is unavailable, email us your bank's name; we may be able to figure out the charge for you.

24-hour extension

If you need more time to decide/complete the transfer, you may apply for a 24-hour extension. If we don't hear from you by the deadline, we will revoke the admission decision and close your account; you may apply to the program again in future years.

Make parents less worried

If your parents have issues concerning safety in NYC or doubts about the benefits of the program, let us know as we may suggest them to be in touch with an alumnus.

Next steps after joining

Once you decide to join the program, we will send you a confirmation email and instructions for the subsequent steps (e.g. resume completion, professional references, host assignments, visa application, and so on). Except for late applicants who apply after February, you should know your final host/session assignment by the end of March/early April.


Before applying, an applicant should first confirm that s/he meets the program's requirements (theccip.com/req), his/her parents allow him/her to join the program, s/he will be available during at least one of the opt-in sessions (theccip.com/schedule), can show relevance between his/her fields of study and at least one of the listed internships (theccip.com/host), and be financially solvent for CCIP (theccip.com/fee).

Global leadership mindset

Ideal applicants are future thinkers. They possess the mindset of global leaders, praise for the big picture, strive for long-term rewards, present qualities that matter in an internship setting, and most importantly, demonstrate a strong aptitude and a genuine interest to learn and grow though this opportunity.

Team spirits

CCIP is a supportive community with a unique culture that nurtures new and past participants alike. It's important that applicants demonstrate a strong cultural fit with the program's goals – teamwork, leadership, and program activities.

Cultural immersion

Ideal applicants align their goals with those of the J-1 visa – they acquire new skills and knowledge through CCIP, but also engage with American culture through program activities and then share their experiences back home.

Cooperate and understand

CCIP is a US internship program operating under stringent US compliance requirements and over a tight schedule. For these reasons, our program rules and arrangements can be seem demanding and less flexible. Ideal applicants approach our application process with the necessary understanding.

Aligned expectations

CCIP stresses soft and transferable skills such as leadership, communication, analytical, information management, and project management skills that matter in today's fast changing economy as opposed to productive skills and tangible gains that matter a few years ago. Ideal applicants have aligned expectations.

Demonstrate by actions

We assess applicants very much based on REAL ACTIONS rather than hypothetical statements. Don't just focus on the interview alone. The appliation system is AI-integrated resent your competence, attitude, and aptitude through REAL EXAMPLES such as following instructions carefully, turning in your application timely, and completing the online application precisely.

Necessary competence

We expect applicants possess the necessary English proficiency, skills, and attitude to succeed at an internship. They should have the ability to read information on their own and complete the online application competently with minimal guidance.

Be flexible with host choices

To better your chances for admission to both the program and your desired hosts, be flexible with and maximize your host/session choices (step 2.4). Ensure that you can explain the relevance between your host opt-ins and your academic curriculum as required by law.

Complete with care

Our application system aligns with the US government's SEVIS which requires submitted information be accurate, verifiable, and in the required formats in line with specific guidelines. Mistakes, whether intentional or not, can lead to disastrous consequences of your current and future visa applications.