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CCIP dines and learns with CEO of First American International Bank
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)
Internship in New York City

Pub Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2017
BY Joseph Fonseca (FUSIA) | Wed, Jul 12, 2017 EST

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On Wednesday evening, CCIP J-1 interns ( had dinner with Mark Ricca, the president and CEO of First American International Bank. It was a special opportunity to learn how the bank interacts with and supports the community.

FAIB was founded in 1999, specifically with the purpose of serving the Chinese-American immigrant population in New York City. From its first branch in Brooklyn, the bank has grown to include multiple branches in Queens and Manhattan. The staff is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and multiple Chinese dialects.

"It's impressive to see how the Chinese population in New York City has built such a strong community," a student leader said.

Mr. Ricca's more than 25 years of business experience includes expertise in finance and law, with a special focus on community banking. He was the managing partner at Ricca & Donnelly and is currently a professor. His involvement in the Chinatown community includes being on the board of the Chinatown YMCA and a director and secretary of the Chinese American Bankers Association.

After dinner and Mr. Ricca's talk, the exchange visitors had a better understanding of how businesses can benefit the community.

"It's very important that a business gives back to the community it serves," a student leader explained of what he had learned from Mr. Ricca's talk. "Neither one can be successful without the other."


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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