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Take a tour of our website, register online (www.theccip.com/apply), complete application steps 1 and 2.1-2.2, and attend an info talk and interview. Once both steps are completed, be sure to file your application draft by clicking the button located on top of step 1 on your application dashboard.

Complete both steps prior to your registered interview. In order to qualify for the Priority Admission status, be sure to file your application draft (click the link located on top of step 1 on your application dashboard) and obtain the confirmation email eight hours prior to your registered interview.

If there are no on-campus sessions given at the time of your application, complete both steps, then contact us via WhatsApp chat or Email Center on your application dashboard to make special arrangements.

On-campus info talks and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis over multiple application windows – October, December, February, and afterward for late applicants. Admission will stop once the program reaches a specific visa quota. As such, interested applicants should not wait to apply.

We are in NYC and operate Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST – please adjust for the time difference when contacting us via WhatsApp chat.

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Application procedures

The following is a walkthrough of the application process.

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Admission Requirements

Students are eligible for CCIP provided that they meet the following eligibility requirements and are able to provide authenticated supporting documentation for admission and by request.

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; (c) has a CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR lower but have obtained an exception from CCIP; (d) has a major or minor pertinent to at least one of more of the J-1 occupational categories sponsored by the program's organizer; (e) is aware that CCIP is not designed for applicants to explore a field different from their studies; (f) able to provide a copy of the latest official postsecondary transcripts from all postsecondary institutions that s/he has attended upon request (within 14 days) 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; (e) able to provide within 14 days upon request original proof – 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; (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) his/her family members have no pending US immigration application; (g) his/her family members are not US citizens or green card holders; (h) his/her family members have not acted in any way, to the best of the applicant's knowledge, that may bar the applicant's entry to the US. US imposes strict regulations for foreigners interning in the US. CCIP internships constitute no employment relationship.

Remarks: 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; (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

How to ace the application?

Helpful information

Be competitive and act promptly in completing your application – it will increase the chances of being placed with your desired hosts.

Positive attitude

Successful internships often depend very much on a participant's attitude. Ideal candidates are not necessarily the most capable or academically successful, but those with positive attitudes, open minds, and realistic expectations.

Maturity and independence

CCIP takes place in a foreign venue. Ideal candidates possess the necessary maturity and ability to handle both routine and unexpected situations and to strike a balance between work and play without oversight.

Positive representation

CCIP is an exchange visitor program with the primary goals of providing participants the opportunity to engage broadly with Americans, share their culture, and learn while building new skills that will prepare them for future careers. During their time in the US, exchange interns will play roles as cultural ambassadors supporting foreign exchange.

Cultural fit

CCIP is characterized by a cohesive living culture placing a strong emphasis on an integrated experience through teamwork and leadership development, as well as active participation in program activities beyond the internship. Ideal candidates demonstrate a strong cultural fit with the program's aligned goals and living arrangements.

Compliance

While many countries only issue visas for internships, foreign students interning in the US require visa sponsorship by a designated visa sponsor, which translates to stringent rules and demanding administrative duties. Ideal candidates possess time, attitude, and ability to handle these responsibilities.

Competencies

CCIP is an internship program with professional expectations. Ideal candidates possess the necessary English proficiency to follow instructions and communicate with others, as well as basic skills and knowledge to handle entry-level internship assignments in a professional manner.

Be prepared

Our program involves much information that takes some time to digest. Serious applicants are strongly advised to study our website thoroughly before the interview. Be prepared with some thoughtful questions to ask at the interview.

Be punctual and precise

The application system is AI-integrated in order to attain a fuller and more in-depth view of each applicant. Complete your application punctually and mindfully. The more detailed it is and the earlier it is submitted, the higher score and the better host placement choices you can achieve.

Read and follow instructions

Internships involve much daily communication with colleagues in English, so applicants' ability to read and follow instructions is a significant deciding factor for admission. When filling out the application, be sure to read and follow the instructions thoroughly-- careful attention can improve your score.

Let us get to know you

Each year CCIP receives over 1,000 applicants. To make an impression on the admission officers, take advantage of daily communications. Asking relevant questions or even casual chat can lead to bonus points on your application.

Go the extra mile

Some parts of the application are optional for completion after acceptance to the program. Serious applicants are strongly encouraged to complete them ahead of time and improve their scores. Also, be sure you attend an info talk, which is often a good way to promote yourself to the program officer conducting intro interviews and making placement and program acceptance decisions.

Gather docs ahead of time

Our application system is designed to be in sync with SEVIS, the program that monitors exchange visitor programs under the Department of Homeland Security. All information you submit requires proof for validation. Serious applicants, complete the panel carefully and punctually will significantly improve your score.

Enlist parents from the start

The program requires much information and study -- the sooner parents are enlisted in the process, the better. In fact, statistics show that applicants who involve parents at the beginning of the internship application process are admitted at a higher rate.
The program requires much information and study -- the sooner parents are enlisted in the process, the better. In fact, statistics show that applicants who involve parents at the beginning of the internship application process are admitted at a higher rate.

Let them know about US laws

Visa sponsorship is mandatory for any US internship. Only a few organizations are authorized to sponsor visas in the J-1 intern category in the US, and all sponsored J-1 visas require a fee. Many programs put students in jeopardy by deceptively urging them to intern on travel visas -- don't run that risk.

Do research for them

Parents may assume that any overseas internship will be prohibitively expensive. They may be too busy to research details, but you can -- review CCIP on your own, gather information from similar programs, and present your findings to them by highlighting any pros, cons, or hidden costs. Note to them that we are a visa sponsor working directly with partner schools, with no intermediaries and no agent fees.

Make sure they feel safe

It's natural for parents sending interns overseas to worry a little. You can help put their minds at ease by sharing CCIP's cohesive living culture -- students live together and look out for each other in a hotel within one block of a police station. Each session begins with a safety talk from NYPD officers. The Life360 app creates a buddy program where students keep track of their peers in real time. Finally, let them know that NYC is America's safest big city with current record lows in crime.

Show them our hosts

Another common question parents ask is what the internship host choices are. Make clear to them that J-1 internships are subject to US government regulations -- internship hosts must meet strict requirements in order to take on J-1 interns. Plus, each internship comes with a detailed plan to set expectations and minimize any surprises. Take them to our dashboard and our Facebook page for alumni feedback.

Build their confidence

To build your parents' trust and show them CCIP's awards page and news page with many articles in Chinese, which your parents may be able to read more easily. Lead them to the US Department of State's website and show them a list of J-1 visa sponsors with FUSIA named as an official one. Also, take them to our two photo galleries with pictures of activities and internship hosts to get them a sense of the CCIP experiences. Or, contact us to arrange a conversation with one of our alumni.

How to apply?

To apply, take a tour of our website, register online (www.theccip.com/apply), then complete application steps 1 and 2.1-2.2 and attend an info talk and interview. After the interview, we will instruct you on how to officially file your application with host assignments.

When to apply?

Admission is on a rolling basis and spans over different recruitment windows in October, December and February. Applicants are strongly advised to apply early for a higher chance to be accepted by their first or second host choices. Also, US internship programs have visa limits. Once the allotment has reached its limit, recruitment ends.

When to intern?

The program takes place in the summer with three starting dates: May 16, May 30, or July 11. Students may join a six-week session (standard duration) or extended sessions (eight, ten, twelve, or fourteen weeks).

What is Priority Admission?

Priority Admission is an early application option for students who have completed a thorough program search and are confident that CCIP is their first choice. Qualified applicants will be entitled to (a) host placement and program admission priority and (b) USD 50 off (window 1 applicants joining by Nov 30, 2019) or USD 25 off (window 2 applicants joining by Feb 21, 2020) the second payment installment deducted from the program administration fee. To qualify, an applicant must (a) be a partner school student, (b) attend a CCIP on-campus info talk and interview in-person (with qualified attendance taken before the end of each session), (c) complete application steps 1 and 2.1-2.2 and obtain the confirmation email eight hours before their scheduled interview, (d) submit their signed application and agreement and have them accepted by CCIP by the specified deadline, and (e) make the first payment installment (with qualified proof submitted within 72 hours of acceptance) before Nov 30, 2019 (window 1 applicants) or Feb 21, 2020 (window 2 applicants).

Where to live?

The program is characterized by a cohesive culture in which participants live together in a hotel located in Queens, New York – a neighborhood that is convenient, accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse.

What if I need help?

Applicants with questions may email us through the Email Center on the application dashboard (login at www.theccip.com/login) or contact us via WhatsApp chat at +1 917 244 2600 or WeChat at FUSIA-CCIP. Note that we are in New York City and operate Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST – please adjust for the time difference.

How much does it cost to join the program?

There is no application fee. The program charges a program administration fee of USD 3,150 (partner school rate) or USD 3,950 (non-partner school rate) per applicant. This fee is based on the standard six-week program. Each additional week requires USD 200 extra. Click HERE for additional information.

When are the fees paid?

Students pay the program fee in two installments: (a) the first installment at USD 1,575 is due within 72 hours upon program acceptance, and (b) the second installment covering the rest of the program, insurance, and housing fees, along with an administrative deposit of USD 200, is due within 14 days upon issuance of the DS-7002 form.

Do I have to have a roommate?

Most students do have a roommate, but there can be exceptions. Typically, two students share a room. If the number of students of the same gender is uneven, students who want to save money may bunk three to a room, in which case they will pay a lower rate. Students may also room alone, in which case they will pay a higher rate. Note that each standard double room has two single-to-full sized beds; each standard king has one king sized bed.

Are salaries available?

Internships offered by the program are considered unpaid despite that for-profit hosts offer interns stipends ranging from USD 50 to 200 per week to subsidize expenses. Nonprofit internships do not offer any stipends.

Are subsidies available?

Hong Kong students may apply for the Reaching Out Award from the HKSAR government. Application deadline vary by individual universities. Additional funding is available for students from HKUST; CITYU; CUHK; NTU; OUHK. Though the internships are unsalaried, private hosts offer a modest weekly stipend ranging from USD 30 to 100. A few hosts offer a weekly stipend of USD 200.

Will I know my final host and session assignments before I pay the first installment?

When paying the first installment, you will not know which host and assignment you will be placed with, but you will have a rough idea with a limited number of hosts and sessions.You will be informed of your final host and session assignments before March 31, 2020, unless you join the program after Dec 31, 2019.

Why does the program charge a fee?

All foreign students interning in the US require a visa sponsorship fee, which is charged by visa sponsors to support and recover the costs associated with government-required duties. This fee is required even for students who find their own host placements. The other two fees for program administration and host placement fees are minimal -- the program is run directly with partner schools without intermediaries, giving us a cost edge over competitors.

Why do the requirements sound intimidating?

The J-1 intern category for foreigners to intern in the US is a highly regulated division. The US government imposes special rules to ensure that students coming to the US abide by the terms of the internship. Our application can sound intimidating, but posting rules upfront serves to protect students and set clear expectations that can smooth out the remaining procedures going forward. When you compare CCIP to other US internship programs, you will find CCIP is no more stringent than it is.

Why aren't students allowed to live on their own?

There are three main reasons for this. First, the program is a run directly by a visa sponsor which is required to observe strict government requirements and implement rules to support program monitoring. Also, the program is a collaboration with schools. Many schools would also prefer students live together for monitoring purposes. In addition, many program activities require that students live together for convenience.

Why do non-partner school students pay a higher fee?

The program has signed agreements with partner schools that offer priority admission and lower fees to their students. In return, the school contributes administrative and recruitment support. This explains why partner school students pay a lower fee. Even so, the program's overall fee is still considerably lower than that of similar programs as it has no intermediaries.

Why don't students live in Manhattan?

Finding housing in NYC can be challenging; most Airbnbs in NYC are illegal, and summertime booking for over 10 rooms is not often available at a fair price. Many local school dorms don't stay open for the summer, creating competition for summer housing. For safety, accessibility, living expenses, and food choices, the current area where we live outweighs other options and offers the highest benefit to the greatest number of students. Not to mention that doctors and pharmacies are within walking distance and even open 24/7 in case of illness or emergency.

Why don't big corporations participate?

Getting qualified hosts to take on J-1 hosts can be more difficult than it appears. Companies taking on J-1 interns need to provide a lot of documentation and are restricted by rules which can limit their interests in taking on J-1 interns. Not to mention that that the internship is short and takes place in the summer, a time-frame in which our interns face fierce competition with Americans also seeking internships.

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