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Take a tour of our website, register online (www.theccip.com/apply), then login to complete application steps 1-4 on your application dashboard (www.theccip.com/login), along with attending an info talk and intro interview.

If there are no on-campus sessions given at the time of your application, complete steps 1-4 and then contact us via the E-Mail Center on your application dashboard to make special arrangements. To receive host placement priority and a modest discount, be sure to complete steps 1-4 ahead of the intro interview.

On-campus info talks and interviews are usually conducted on a rolling basis over three application windows – October, January and afterward for late applicants. However, admission will stop once the program reaches a specific visa quota limit. Interested applicants should not wait to apply.

For immediate assistance, contact us on WhatsApp (+1 917 244 2600) or WeChat (FUSIA-CCIP). M-F 8 am to 4 pm EST. Note that we are in NYC -- please adjust for the time difference.

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How to apply

Application procedures

The following is a walkthrough of the application process. Keep applicants don't hesitate to contact us to connect them with alumni for further insights.

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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.

Applicants must be full-time degree-pursuing postgraduates and undergraduates aged 18 or older, currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at an accredited, foreign ministerial-recognized postsecondary academic institution in the applicants' home/residency countries.

Applicants' course study must be pertinent to the internship program proposed. In other words, this program is not designed for applicants to try out a new field. Applicants must able to explain how the proposed internship program is relevant to and benefits his/her studies. Official J-1 intern occupational categories sponsored by the program include:

- Arts and Culture
- Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Media and Communications
- Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
- Public Administration and Law
- The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations

Applicants must not be on academic probation and must have no pending disciplinary action. They must have a CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants whose CGPAs do not meet the minimum requirement must notify and obtain permission from the program before the final interview. All relevant correspondence must be sent via the E-Mail Center on the applicant's application dashboard.

Applicants joining before the release of the 2018-2019 fall results should submit their current CGPAs. Freshmen who have not yet received their first postsecondary transcripts should submit the CGPAs that they are likely to earn after the fall semester.

Applicants are required to submit any updated CGPAs and their latest official transcript photocopies, along with photocopies of postsecondary transcripts earned from any other postsecondary institutions (e.g. associate degrees and undergraduate degrees) by the end of February. The submitted transcripts must be official and show all essential information such as the postsecondary institution and applicant's names, majors, degrees, and all postsecondary courses and scores. Transcripts from summer schools, exchange schools, and transfer schools that did not issue any degree are not required.

In line with US government requirements, the program cannot accept applicants with financial difficulties. Applicants must confirm that they have a clear understanding of all costs associated with the program and that they have sufficient finances to comfortably support themselves for their entire stay in the US, including housing and living expenses.

In around February or early March before the visa interview, or a later date for late joiners, applicants must be able to provide three consecutive months of bank statements, passbooks, or the equivalent.

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 is required.

Bank statements can be combined to calculate the minimum financial requirement. Bank statements must be officially issued by accredited financial institutions from accounts belonging to the applicants and/or to their parents or relatives who can provide proof of the relationship. Photocopies will not be accepted. Funds in the accounts must (a) reach a minimum balance of USD 2,000 for emergencies plus USD 30 estimated daily expenses multiplied by the number of program days indicated in the applicant's Host and Session Preference forms. Funds must cover any unpaid program administration, housing and other mandatory expenses and (b) be readily available at any time prior to the visa interview in or around March before the internship.

For default protection, visa interview officers may ask for applicant parents' latest tax statements as proof of financial solvency. This request is applicable even if the applicants' internships are self-funded. Applicants must therefore confirm upon applying that they will be able to provide their parents' tax documents at any time.

Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally. Before program acceptance, applicants are required to disclose any health issues and list two medical proxies by completing the Medical Clearance form. The two medical proxies must (a) be immediately reachable in emergencies and (b) be prepared to make any medical decisions on the applicants' behalf. One of the medical proxies must understand, speak, and write fluent English.

On a case-by-case basis, applicants are required to have a certified physician complete and sign the Physician Endorsement form upon applicants' joining the program or upon request at any time after acceptance.

In line with US government requirements, applicants must possess verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in their training environments as determined by an objective proficiency measurement. They must be able to provide valid documentation to support their competency. The English proficiency requirement can be satisfied by submitting one of the following:

(1) Elementary and secondary school transcripts or diplomas to prove that the intern is a native English speaker 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. Simply a passport or birth certificate copy is not enough to prove that applicants grew up in these countries.

(2) A photocopy of official results from one of the following English language tests taken within the last two years and meeting the stated minimum score noted below. Official photocopies are preferred; unofficial transcript photocopies can be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Transcripts must include essential information such as the test name, applicant's name, test date, and score.

- 6.0 in IELTS
- Grade D/4 (or equivalent) in HKCEE/DSE (English subject)
- 500/997 (paper-based) or 213/300 (computer-based) or 80/120 (online-based) in TOEFL- Grade C A-/O-Level (English subject)
- 550/710 in CET-4 or 520/710 in CET-6
- 120/150 in College Entrance Examination (English subject)
- Grade 4 or above in International Baccalaureate English Language
- Grade C or above in GCSE/IGCSE English
- A minimum of 1650 on SAT I or Level 8 on SAT Reasoning Test Essay

(3) English Proficiency Assessment Form completed and signed by (a) a professor of any courses taught in English, (b) an English-speaking internship administrative officer, or (c) an English-speaking academic counselor at the applicant's current postsecondary institution. The interview must be conducted in person or via videoconference. Alternatively, applicants can (d) bring the form to the on-campus intro interview and request that the interviewer conduct the assessment and sign the form on the spot.

Applicants must have clean immigration and criminal records. Applicants must not have ever been denied a US visa or entry into the US. Foreign applicants (and any family members) must not have a pending US immigration application and must not be US citizens or green card holders. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis; applicants must notify the organizer and obtain written permission from the program before the final interview. All relevant correspondence must be sent via the E-Mail Center on the applicant's application dashboard. On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be asked to submit their Certificates of Good Citizenship, which can be obtained from police authorities though situations vary by country.

Applicants must have a clear understanding that this internship builds on classroom or academic experience, constituting no employment relationship and no future employment possibilities. Applicants expecting return offers from their US hosts after the internships are not eligible to join the program.

Applicants must not be citizens of, have been born in, or have recently travelled to one of the US-embargoed and visa-sanctioned countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia). Applicants who have visited or will visit any US visa-sanctioned countries before the program must declare their status during the intro interview.

Accepted students must be able to provide qualified documentation by the end of February or a later date for late joiners to prove strong ties to their home countries, that they do not intend to immigrate to the US, and that they will be leaving the US upon completing the program. Non-final year students can use their current postsecondary transcripts to show that they have a definite intent to return home after the program to complete their academic programs in order to earn their degrees. Final-year students must provide proof of intent to return home such as job offer letters or graduate school acceptance letters.

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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?

CCIP application spans two phases: intro and final interview. To apply, register and log in your dashboard to complete steps 1-4 and attend an intro interview. Upon passing it, complete the rest of the steps and attend the final interview.

When to apply?

Admission is on a rolling basis and spans over three recruitment windows in October, January 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 during the summer with the first core six-week session beginning on (a) June 1 and the second one (b) beginning on July 13. Some students participate in extended sessions between June 1 and Aug 24. Some hosts require extended internship periods. Special permission is required for and conditions applied to students who attend nonstandard periods.

What is the Early Decision Program?

EDP 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 priority (applicable to all applicants) and (b) USD 50 off from the program fee deducted from the second payment installment (applicable to applicants who join by Nov 9, 2018). To qualify, applicants must (a) be a partner school student, (b) attend an on-campus info talk and intro interview in-person, (c) meet all the deadlines and (d) make the first payment installment by the cutoff point. Also see the application dashboard's status panel (button below the photo).

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 contact us by sending us an e-mail through the application dashboard. For immediate assistance, contact us on WhatsApp (+1 917 244 2600) or WeChat (FUSIA-CCIP). M-F 8 am to 4 pm EST. Note that we are in New York - 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 2,950 (partner school rate) or USD 3,540 (non-partner school rate) per applicant. This fee is based on the standard six-week program. Each additional week requires USD 200 (partner school) or USD 240 extra. Additional terms apply.

When are the fees paid?

Students pay the program fee in two installments: (a) the first installment at USD 1,475 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 100 per week to subsidize expenses (some private hosts offer a weekly stipend of USD 200). 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 where I will intern before I pay?

After their interviews, applicants will be given a list of internship hosts to choose based on their application scores and academic backgrounds. They may opt out any unwanted hosts or sessions from their rosters. Upon acceptance to the program, applicants submit their first payment installments and will be placed with one of their listed hosts within one of their opt-in program sessions. If applicants are not placed by the March deadline, their payment will be refunded.

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.