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The exchange visitors learn about the American banking system at TD Bank
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Thu, Jun 01, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Thu, Jun 01, 2017 EST

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On Thursday, June 1, the exchange visitors of the Cross Cultural Internship Program (, an EVP J-1 intern program sponsored by FUSIA, went as a group to learn about American banks and the broader banking system at the Flushing branch of TD Bank. The store manager, Calvin Chu, provided in overview of the industry and insights into how his bank sets itself apart.

With its roots in Toronto, TD Bank formed as a merger between the US-based Commerce Bank and the Canadian TD Banknorth. The bank emphasizes customer service and community engagement and is open seven days a week. The branch in Flushing has partnered with CCIP for many years, allowing exchange visitors to open up short-term bank accounts for their time in the United States free of charge.

The visit to TD Bank was organized by two of the student leaders for the program. For the exchange visitors, this visit allowed them to see the differences and similarities between banking in America and in Asia and provided a greater understanding of global markets. Mr. Chu has many years of experience in the industry and had a great deal to share with the group.

"I think it's cool that local businesses do so much to help out this program," Grace Ye from the University of Macau said. "I learned a lot from Mr. Chu that I had never expected to know about."


The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a cultural exchange internship program that takes place in New York City every year. It is dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial East-West cultural exchange, targeting exchange visitors from Asia and the Pacific region.

CCIP provides exchange visitors and host organizations the opportunity to exchange insights, ideas, and experiences. Through the program, participants acquire practical knowledge and cultural experiences, and host organizations connect with the international community and stay abreast of trends in the global marketplace.

CCIP is organized by FUSIA Communications, one of the approximately 98 J-1 intern designated visa sponsors in the nation. FUSIA is responsible for the selection of interns as well as supporting and monitoring theĀ¬m during the program.

CCIP is a structured, full-placement internship program. Since 2008, CCIP has provided internship opportunities to over 850 exchange visitors. In 2015, 71 students were selected out of 1050 applicants. They were matched to 20-plus host organizations of diverse disciplines including government district offices, law firms, publishing houses, media firms, advertising agencies, real estate agencies, and more.

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