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Career Services Steps Up to Help Students Overcome Mass Internship Cancellations
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July 29, 2020
As students worried and desperately searched for alternatives to replace their lost placements, there was one career service professional that could not sit idle. Meet Jennifer Krupp, a career coach from Washington University in St. Louis. In the face of the pandemic, Jennifer single-handedly used the Riipen platform to successfully match 50+ students to virtual internship projects for the summer. 
The Realities of Doing a Client Project as a Student
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July 22, 2020
Johnny Swierczynski, a marketing student from the University of Southampton in the UK, reflects on his Riipen project and discusses some of the realities of working with a real client as a student including challenges he faced and some of his key takeaways.
Why Collaborations Between Colleges and Companies Are Important Now More Than Ever
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July 15, 2020
It’s hard to predict what a post-COVID job market will look like but it has become clear that students must be better equipped with the right skills for any outcome. Facing similar concerns, companies and colleges should collaborate on improving the education system to face these past and future challenges. Continue reading to learn more about what a collaboration would look like and how it’s uniquely beneficial during this time. 
Tips for Developing Soft Skills in a Remote Workplace
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July 7, 2020
Whether your internships are role-based or project-based, the development of soft skills should be built into the scope of your placement. Continue reading for some tips on how to ensure your virtual work environment encourages the development of interpersonal skills as well as how to measure the progress of these skills while working with remote interns.
How to Take Advantage of Remote Work with Project-Based Internships
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July 2, 2020
Remote work has emerged as the new norm, with major companies such as Shopify and Facebook announcing their plans for their workforce to go partially or fully remote in the coming year. One position that is facing major changes to adjust to this new remote work-environment is that of interns. Continue reading to explore the benefits of project-based internships and how to make that switch.
Adding Value with Rizza Tongco and the Diversity Whisperers
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June 23, 2020
It’s been a great academic year since our partnership with RBC Future Launch, an initiative from RBC dedicated to helping young Canadians prepare for the job market. One of the 13 schools we partnered with was Red River College in Manitoba. After the completion of several in-class projects, we checked in with Rizza Tongco, a student who worked in a team called “The Diversity Whisperer”, with the European Travel Whisperer, a travel agency in New York, in her marketing class. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. 
Navigating a Virtual Semester for International Students
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June 11, 2020
One student group that is facing a great amount of stress and uncertainty in the face of the pandemic are international students. We partnered with Josh Schachnow, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer and current CEO of Visto.ai - a company he founded to make the immigration journey as smooth as possible. He offers some essential insight for international students studying in Canada.
BHER and Riipen Partner To Provide 12,000 Students With Access to Work-Integrated Learning
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June 9, 2020
The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with Riipen, the world’s largest marketplace of work-integrated learning experiences for students. This partnership is made possible by a $2.6 million dollar investment from the Government of Canada and in kind support from Riipen to deliver 12,000 new work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences across Canada by March 2022. 
Research, Development, and Innovation: Justin Mosbey Spotlight
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May 19, 2020
Through a Riipen project, Justin Mosbey lands a job at Deploy Solutions. This is his take on the international student experience with work-integrated learning.
Open Letter To Students
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May 12, 2020
An open letter to students on building resilience during hard times from Riipen CEO and Co-Founder Dana Stephenson.
Riipen Selected for 2020 Ready to Rocket List
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April 15, 2020
Riipen is selected for 2020 Ready to Rocket List in the category of Information and Communications Technology. Ready to Rocket is a business recognition program showcasing the revenue growth leaders of tomorrow in British Columbia’s technology sector.
COVID-19 Response - Helping Post-Secondary Institutions and Businesses Maintain Meaningful Engagement
March 24, 2020
With the uncertain economic conditions, many student placements have been cancelled. In response to these exceptional circumstances, Riipen is offering the opportunity for students to engage in paid project-based virtual internships provided by our employer partner network.
The Next Phase of Online Work-Integrated Learning
March 17, 2020
Riipen’s platform and services provide a cost-effective way for your business to complete projects in collaboration with post-secondary students, and a recruitment channel to support future business objectives. We are very impressed by the response from our academic partners to move all of their course delivery online. As schools transition through this process, we wanted to let our industry partner community know that schools remain open and courses are still being delivered.
Open Letter to the Community
March 15, 2020
Riipen’s software platform enables work-integrated learning, co-op, and internships to occur entirely online. We are offering Riipen free for the 2020 spring and summer quarters/terms to post-secondary institutions with no obligation to renew.
McMaster CCE: Heather Pollex Showcase
March 12, 2020
Higher education institutions such as McMaster CCE are taking advantage of changes to programs and certificate requirements in order to better prepare their students. Instead of focusing on solely theory, McMaster CCE has introduced experiential learning to help students gain practical experience. Due to the constraints of continuing education students, McMaster CCE uses experiential learning engagements embedded into the classroom in order to provide students that opportunity.
Evolution of Riipen: McMaster University
March 4, 2020
McMaster University has a long history of innovation. Over 30 years ago, its medical school pioneered the use of problem-based learning, which is now used in medical training worldwide. In 2017, McMaster’s Continuing Education department became the first department of its kind in Canada to partner with Riipen.
Concordia University Enhances Experiential Learning with Riipen
February 26, 2020
Concordia University, based in Montreal, has launched a new series of initiatives in partnership with Riipen. With 47,000 students, of which 20% are international students, Concordia has made it a priority to expand experiential learning opportunities.
Digital Badges for Career-Ready Skills
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February 14, 2020
In Fall 2019, Riipen partnered with two continuing education institutions on a pilot initiative to offer digital badges to students. In collaboration with the McMaster Centre for Continuing Education and York University’s School of Continuing Studies, we developed badges to issue to students based on skills they developed and demonstrated through experiential learning projects.
Mock Disaster Strikes Fanshawe College
February 5, 2020
Once a year for the past decade, Fanshawe College in London, Ontario has been host to a fake disaster that takes over the entire campus. Fanshawe believes this mock disaster simulation is important as it allows students to apply the skills learned in the classroom and explore how they would actually handle themselves in a “real-life” crisis.
Hackathons Helping Skilled Immigrants Find Employment
January 29, 2020
Farizan H. Razie is a recent BBA graduate from Simon Fraser University and the founder of PowerHack, a hackathon event that connects employers with skilled immigrant talent as they showcase the value of their global skills and experience by solving problems presented by local stakeholders.
Creating Big Change Through Micro-Experiences
January 22, 2020
An alternative to traditional models of work-integrated learning are micro-experiences. A micro-experiential learning opportunity still provides students with the ability to gain hands-on experience, but on a fewer-scale that requires less resources and is more sustainable in the long run.
Experiential Learning: Shaping the Future of Work
January 8, 2020
The world of work is changing drastically and the demands of the workplace no longer match the skill sets of new graduates. We need to adapt to these changes or students may find themselves out of touch with potential employers. Experiential learning is not a new practice, but it is becoming increasingly important to implement and here is why.
Riipen Celebrates 6 Years of Learning and Growth
December 13, 2019
What started off as a student project at the University of Victoria has grown into what is now the leading marketplace for experiential learning collaborations across North America. On December 13th, 2019, Riipen celebrates six years of learning and growth. In honour of yet another year drawing to a close, here are some highlights of Riipen’s key accomplishments of 2019.
Riipen Wins Reimagine Education’s “Nurturing Employability” Award for Collaboration With The Ontario Government
December 11, 2019
In 2018/2019 Riipen collaborated with the Government of Ontario after receiving funding from the Career Ready Fund. As a result of this funding, Riipen delivered 8,249 student experiences. This project is the winner of the 2019 Reimagine Education Nurturing Employability Award.