Things to consider

Interning in NYC

Coming to the US to intern is not an easy decision.

How does an overseas internship experience fit into your future agenda? Why NYC and CCIP in particular? Do you meet the admission requirements? Are you prepared to complete the application procedures and how to stand out as a applicant? How to compete for your wanted host choices? Do you have the proper information to speak with your family about the necessity of an overseas internship for your future? Are you prepared to explain what the program costs?

This section is for you to review and decide how you see yourself in your overseas experience.

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Question 1

Why intern abroad in NYC?

There are many clear and hidden values of an internship that develop an essential foundation for international professional careers. Here are some key points on why interning prepares for the future.

Building a

global portfolio & network

Professional references are missed opportunities for many college students. One good reason to intern abroad is that it provides opportunities to develop networks with potential references within a global context....

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Personally and professionally

After their NYC internship, many alumni have shared that they literally speak louder with confidence, are more mature, and think with a broader perspective. These life-changing traits simply cannot be...

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Standing out

from the crowd

Today's corporations are looking for employees that are different -- with a global mindset, different experience, and a diverse skill set. Interning abroad is an important stepping stone to stand...

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Immersion within

New cultures and languages

Interning abroad provides opportunities to practice speaking English within an English speaking country, which is much different than practicing at home.

More, New York City is a melting pot international city...

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Questions 2

What are the overseas internship options?

There are different types of overseas programs available. Popular options are often in China and some Asian countries, and there are also options in other Western countries. This section provides a brief introduction to the common types of short-term overseas internships.

Internships in

Chinese and Asian countries

Chinese internships usually receive support from outside funding and many programs have the ability to offer lower administration costs. Additionally, living costs in China are lower making it a popular...

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Internships in

European or Australian countries

Euro/Aussie internships typically offer no salary or stipend, but there is convenient travel among European countries which makes it a popular overseas internship destination.

In terms of program fees, Euro/Aussie...

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Internships in the US

J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT)

Summer Work and Travel (SWT) is a popular J-1 program. Though many programs highlight the "internship experience" through SWT, SWT is not an internship. Exchange visitors work at venues like...

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Internships in the US

J-1 Internship

Foreign students interning in the US are expected to participate in the US Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program in the Intern category in addition to applying for the J-1...

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Question 3

Is it worth the cost?

Financial solvency is a cornerstone to the qualification of candidates; if the person cannot secure their financial solvency for the program then they cannot participate. If the question is about whether or not the program is worth the cost, here are several key points for reference.

Gaining knowledge

Having a strong understanding of CCIP and comparable internship opportunities is the most important step for making a decision.


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Understanding the charges

Understandably, US internships require visa sponsorship. The national average for J-1 Intern programs is approximately 3,000 to 4,000 USD.


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Understanding the requirements

Foreign students interning in the US are expected to participate in the Exchange Visitor Internship Program and apply for a...

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Visa sponsor vs. intermediaries

When it comes to J-1 intern program participation, participants can either join through an intermediary that work with a visa...

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Holistic experience

While some may look for a more simple experience with just an internship where they do everything on their own,...

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Speak with alumni

Perhaps the best way to build confidence in your parents is to speak with someone who has completed the program....

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Question 4

Is NYC safe?

Despite foreigners' perception of NYC as dangerous, NYC is one of the safest big cities in the US. This section contains key points to share with parents about safety.

NYC is the safest big city in the US

In NYC, violent crime is unusual, and crimes against tourists are infrequent. Common urban crimes such as theft, pick-pocketing, and...

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Collaboration with NYPD

CCIP collaborates with the NYC Police Department (NYPD) Community Affairs Department to conduct safety talks with exchange interns to ensure they get firsthand knowledge from...

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Cohesive living culture

CCIP's cohesive living culture requires that all students live together in a respectable, comfortable yet affordable 4-star hotel situated in Flushing, Queens, a culturally diverse...

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Buddy safety measures

CCIP devotes significant efforts to encouraging students to stick together, stay connected, and lend each other support in emergency situations.

Students are divided into groups...

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