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Applications for the 2020 CCIP Summer Internship Program are now open. Full-time, full-degree undergraduates and postgraduates are welcome to apply!

When to apply: There are two application windows – early Oct (window 1) or late Jan/Feb (window 2). Between the windows and after Feb, late applications are accepted upon availability on a rolling basis.

How to apply: Read (theccip.com/info and theccip.com/how), create an account (theccip.com/apply), contact the organizer on WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) to check on the available internship positions, log in/complete application steps 1 and 2.1-2.2, and then attend an info talk (if available) and interview.

What to note: Keen applicants should approach CCIP's application process with a fresh mind (CCIP's application requirements and assessment policy may seem different from what applicants are used), should not just focus on the interview alone (assessment is made throughout the entire process), read on their own but also request alumni assistance (CCIP involves vast information to read through), complete the application carefully (CCIP's application system is integrated with AI technology to assess applicants' basic competence through application completion), and act fast (internship positions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis).

For questions, feel free to contact CCIP 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) or the Email Center (login is required).

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Info talks and interviews

If on-campus sessions are no longer available, applicants should read (theccip.com/info and theccip.com/how) on their own and request alumni assistance via WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) before registering for/attending an online interview.

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How to apply

Application procedures

Each internship host has limited openings assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, US internship visas have strict visa quotas. Keen applicants should apply early.

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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 grow.

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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 72 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 arrangements

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.

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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.

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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 check on the available positions and request a review of your application (followed by host assignments), and then (e) prepare for/attend an interview (and info talk, if available).

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.

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). Applicants can opt for their desired sessions when submitting their applications. 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 (27+); public administration and community outreach, or law (19+); accounting, insurance, or transportation logistics (14+); IT, CS, design, and/or related (10+); civil, geotechnical, mechanical, or electrical engineering; architecture (10+); museum and performing arts (4+). 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) portrait photo in jpeg (professional; casual OK for the time being) and five A4 pdfs (right-side-up, portrait, legible, and w/o any free-app watermarks): (b) passport valid through Dec 31, 2020 (if not, renew it now); (c) LPR proof in line with your legal permanent residence (e.g. foreign students from India upload Indian residency card); (d) address proof in line with your passport country (e.g. foreign students from India upload phone bills, school letters, etc. with their India home address); (e) school-issued ID showing the side with your photo and biographical information; and (f) English proficiency proof that matches your dashboard selection (if unavailable, submit a school letter – use the template from your dashboard).

Can I opt out of any unwanted hosts?

Before filing your signed application, you may opt out of your unwanted hosts/sessions (no changes once filed). If accepted, you pay 50% of the program fee. Except for late applicants, you will be assigned to one of your host/session opt-ins by the end of Feb/early March.

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) or the Email Center (login is required).

How much does it cost?

There is no fee to apply. If accepted, you pay 50% of the program fee within 72 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.

What are the other 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.

Are the internships paid?

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.

Are subsidies available?

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.

Where to live? Is it safe?

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

Can I live 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.

Can I borrow money to join?

Applicants must be financially self-sufficient to meet the admission requirement both for the program and US government – when applying for the visa, applicants will need to provide proof of financial solvency (e.g. your three most recent monthly bank statements) in order to pass the interview.

How are roommates assigned?

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.

How are the rooms assigned?

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.

What is a CCIP interview?

CCIP interviews assess applicants' English verbal proficiency, expectations for the program and hosts, and knowledge of the program's rules and arrangements (prior reading is required). Each interview typically lasts 60 minutes and is conducted by the program's Responsible Officer. On-campus interviews are conducted in small groups, typically with presence of alumni; online interviews are conducted on WhatsApp chat and video call.

What is a CCIP 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.

How to register?

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.

How should I prepare for an interview?

Before your interview, (a) study our website (theccip.com/how and theccip.com/why); (b) complete steps 1 and 2.1-2.2 and file your online application by clicking the aqua color bubble on top of step 1; (c) contact the organizer on WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) to request a review of your application and host assignments; (d) study the Student Agreement (download it from step 2.5); (e) get your parents' permission (please involve your parents early on – if accepted, you will need to confirm joining by paying the first installment within 72 hours after the interview).

What should I expect from an interview?

A typical interview consists of three parts: Part 1 assesses applicants' program knowledge and reading competency (also for compliance purpose) – you will need to answer at least 6 out of 10 questions drawn from the Student Agreement within 15 mins. In Part 2, tell us your strengths/weaknesses, what you know about/expect from CCIP, and how you fit into CCIP and contribute to the program culture. In Part 3, we will finalize your host/session opt-ins together, followed by announcement of the admission decisions.

Can I first attend an info talk, then decide whether or not to apply?

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.

How to unlock step 2.4?

Application step 2.4 displays your host and session assignments. Initially, the menu is empty. After completion of steps 1.1 and 2.1-2.2, contact CCIP via WhatsApp chat (+1 917 244 2600) to request a review of your application. Upon acceptance of your application, step 2.4 will be unlocked and display your assigned hosts and sessions for you to choose from.

How my hosts are assigned?

After filing of the application, the applicant will be assigned a list of host choices determined based on an array of factors such as his/her (a) fields of study (academic relevance is required), (b) academic credentials (e.g. GPA, IELTS score, and so on), (c) personal preference, (d) application score, and (e) host availability.

What is 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.

How the application score is calculated?

The CCIP application system is integrated with AI technology to project the applicant's real-life performance through his/her interactions with the program's alumni and staff and application completion. Once the application is accepted, the system will generate a score guiding the host assignment decision.

How to finalize my host/session preferences?

Once your hosts are assigned, complete step 2.4 – opting out of any unwanted hosts/sessions (step 2.4 part L) and specifying your top three host choices (step 2.4 part M). Be prepared to discuss your preferences with the interviewer and finalize parts L and M during your interview.

Can I update my host/session preferences after the acceptance decision is made?

Once the results come out (typically at the end of the interview), no changes to your internship host/session preferences will be allowed. You may, however, opt in additional hosts/sessions before announcement of your final host placement.

Will I know my final host placement before payment?

The first payment installment (50% of the program fee) is due within 72 hours of acceptance. By that time, you will know your opt-in host and session choices but not your final host placement.

When will I be notified of my final host placement?

Except for late applicants, you will be notified of your final host placement by the end of Feb/early March upon issuance of your DS-7002 form before the J-1 Intern visa interview. Accepted students will be placed into one of their listed hosts and sessions in step 2.4 part L.

Where can I find more detailed information about the participating internship hosts?

Visit the Host Roster (log in theccip.com/login and click the first pink bubble located on stop of step 1), CCIP's Instagram (instagram.com/theccip), and host photo galleries (theccip.com/2019host). Keen applicants may also request to be put into contact with an alumnus for additional insights.

When will I be notified of the results?

Applicants are typically notified of the results at the end of the interview. If accepted, confirm joining by uploading the signed application, signed agreement, and a copy of the wire transfer receipt (50% of the program fee, see the Billing Statement) within 72 hours.

Enlist parents from the start

Statistics show that applicants who seriously involve their parents early on in the application process are admitted at a higher rate and have a richer internship experience.

Set expectations

Parents often look for more tangible benefits such as transferring college credits and improved TOEFL scores – yet internships offer incalculable opportunities that vary by individual depending on how they approach the opportunities and how much effort they invest in it.

Make them less worried

It's natural for parents to worry about your safety. Here are some ways to ease their minds: 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. Remember, NYC is America's safest big city with crime at record lows.

Boost confidence

If your parents have concerns about the program experience, show them our IG/FB, past activity photos (theccip.com/2019), awards (theccip.com/award), and the State Department's website detailing EVP and listing us as an official visa sponsor.

Check out the hosts

Help your parents paint a better picture of your prospective hosts and internship experience. Show them the host photos (theccip.com/2019host) and alumni feedback (log into the Host Roster).

Seek help from alumni

CCIP has an impressive network of 1,000 plus alumni making their mark in different industries across the globe. Show your parents alumni stories (theccip.com/index.php?cid=121#say) and/or ask an alumnus to talk to them.


Ideal candidates are future-minded. They see incalculable opportunities, strive for long-term rewards, and possess leadership and other sought-after qualities – all important indicators of one's internship performance, potential to grow, and future success.

Action and attitude

Expectations from NYC hosts can be quite different from academia where grades rather than personality matter more. Here, one's actions and proactive attitude are important indicators of internship success. Ideal applicants should be open minded, accept new ideas, and most importantly, express their desire to grow by action.

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.

Working together

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

Be understanding

Foreign students interning in the US require designated visa sponsorship. Also, this program is a school collaboration and operates in a batch format over a tight schedule, in which one person's delay impacts the whole team's schedule. For these reasons, our program rules can be stringent, administrative duties can be demanding, and timeline/living arrangements can be inflexible. Ideal applicants should approach our program with understanding and be cooperative.

Extra effort counts

We assess applicants based on the ENTRE application process, as we believe a proactive attitude means a great deal in real-life internships and can only be demonstrated through daily interactions. Don't just focus on the interview alone. Turn in your application early, read with care, and ask thoughtful questions.

Read with care

Examining applicants' reading proficiency and program knowledge is a necessary requirement for CCIP admission and US internship visa application. To ace the application, thoroughly read through the related webpages and documents before attending an interview.

Be prepared

CCIP's assessment policy may seem different (plus significant reading) as we combine the program, host, and US visa sponsorship in one application. Also, 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. Keen applicants should complete the application with care.

Be flexible with host choices

After application filing, applicants will be assigned a list of host choices. They will finalize their host/session selections (step 2.4) prior to the interview. To better your chances for admission to both the program and your desired hosts (results announced in March), be flexible with and maximize your host/session choices as host placement relies on a variety of factors.

Demonstrate by action

Our assessment stresses applicants' actions and attitude as opposed to simply what they put down on paper or say in an interview. If you see yourself as a right fit, demonstrate your positive qualities and competence by action.

Interact with alumni

Alumni actively participate in the admission process and provide feedback to support our admission decision. We believe the way that applicants interact with our alumni (and our staff) is an important indicator of their genuine interest and aptitude. Keen applicants should not overlook the opportunity to interact with our alumni.

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