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Riipen’s Level UP Remote Internship Program Enters Impact-Driven Second Phase to Continue Making Work-Integrated Learning Accessible for Students and Employers Beyond the Pandemic
News
May 26, 2022
A new round of Federal Government funding for the Level UP program will support 18,000 new fully-subsidized remote paid internships for Canadian post-secondary learners and employers over the next two years.
Riipen Life - Forming our DE&I Council
Blog
May 5, 2022
In 2021, after building a strong foundation for many of our people processes, we began to explore how we could approach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Riipen more intentionally and company-wide.
Business + Higher Education Roundtable and Riipen bring sustainable change and equitable access to Canada’s work-integrated learning ecosystem
News
April 7, 2022
Launched in 2020 with $2.6 million in funding from the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), supported by the Government of Canada, the multi-year partnership between BHER and Riipen has focused on engaging and connecting leaders in Canada’s academic and industry sectors to build a sustainable work-integrated learning (WIL) ecosystem for Canada’s future workforce. To date, the partnership has created over 12,000 student experiences, and brought 1,212 new employers and 61 new higher education institutions across all 10 provinces into the Canadian WIL ecosystem.
Riipen Product Update - February 2022
Blog
March 4, 2022
Riipen's product team is constantly striving to develop innovative features and to make improvements to the platform based on the feedback we receive from our users, in order to provide them with the best possible experience. This past quarter was no exception, as we introduced a variety of new and exciting features and enhancements.‍ Here’s a look at the innovative platform updates made in the last quarter.
Flipping The Internship With The @ Company
Blog
February 16, 2022
In the summer of 2021, The @ Company (The At Company) partnered with Riipen to deliver a number of highly successful internships. The students that participated in these internship programs built three mobile applications, two that are preparing to launch and one that is already available on the Apple App Store. We sat down with The @ Company team to explore how their internship programs have evolved over time and their approach to working with students.
How to Leverage Free Tools to Fund Your Remote Internships
Blog
February 9, 2022
Riipen and Pocketed make the perfect match - our free platforms make it easy for you to find talented interns and finance them in one easy go. Win-win!
RBC Future Launch and Riipen partnership set to deliver 27,000 work-integrated learning experiences for Canadian students
Blog
February 7, 2022
Renewed for another school year starting September 2021, RBC Future Launch and Riipen will support the delivery of 10,000 more work-integrated learning experiences at 30 post-secondary institutions across Canada.
Riipen Soars Through Their 8th Year
Blog
December 16, 2021
Another year has come and gone, bringing with it both challenges and triumphs. December 13, 2021 marked the 8 year anniversary of Riipen (and 5 years of running our marketplace platform)! As the end of 2021 draws near and we all begin to look ahead to 2022, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the exciting milestones and initiatives we were able to achieve this year.
How a MacEwan University Social Work Student Gained Career Clarity Through Level UP
Blog
December 9, 2021
Passionate about creating social impact, Christine Wincentaylo is a student in MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Through a Riipen Level UP project, Christine was able to develop skills relevant to her field of study while gaining clarity on her career goals and interests.
Riipen and Rural Development Network Partner To Help Rural Canadian Businesses and Non-Profits Level Up Their Work Through Learner-Powered Projects
News
December 2, 2021
Riipen, the world’s largest online marketplace for work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences, is proud to announce Rural Roots, a collaborative program in partnership with Alberta-based Rural Development Network (RDN) to connect rural businesses and non-profits across Canada with post-secondary learners to advance their labour market and workforce skills through short-term virtual WIL projects.
Product Coffee Break Webinar - October 2021
Blog
November 23, 2021
For the third edition of our Product Coffee Break live webinar, held on October 20, we invited educators to join us to learn more about recent product updates, upcoming releases, and the latest Riipen news - including the celebration of an important milestone. We also had a fascinating discussion with Kris Hodgson-Bright, Digital Communications and Media instructor at Lethbridge College, who spoke about his experience using Riipen and the wonderful collaborative work his learners have done over the past few semesters.
Professional Growth Through a Level UP Project with Computer Science Students Selina and Rajanbir
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October 28, 2021
Selina Wang, a 4th-year Computer Science student at the University of Saskatchewan, and Rajanbir Singh, a 4th-year Honours Computer Science student at York University, were two of the student developers working on MiTravel Level UP projects. Having both received glowing feedback from the employer, we spoke with Selina and Rajanbir to hear how they amazed MiTravel and about their experience working with them.
From 0 to 100K Learner Experiences
News
October 19, 2021
Team Riipen is thrilled to announce that we have hit a huge milestone: 100,000 learner experiences delivered! 🎉We want to thank all of the educators, employers, and learners who are a part of the Riipen community for your contributions, feedback, and support. We couldn’t have done this without your dedication, commitment, and passion!Join us as we look back on this amazing journey, celebrate all that we have achieved, and look to the future!
From Intern to Full Time Hire with Mesh AI
Blog
September 15, 2021
Learn how Mesh AI hired a skilled full-time employee through her proactive contributions to their Level UP project.
Product Coffee Break Webinar - July 2021
Blog
July 30, 2021
This summer, we invited educators to join us for our quarterly Product Coffee Break to learn more about the latest Riipen news and product feature releases. We also answered some great questions from educators on their experience using the Riipen platform. For those who did not get to join us, we have recaps and highlights of the session here! 
Is The Future of Cooperative Learning Virtual?
Blog
July 14, 2021
As the world begins to reopen, will placements stay virtual? What are the long-term impacts of the pandemic and what does this mean for the future of cooperative learning? We speak to CourseCompare about their latest study to try and answer these pressing questions.
Non-Profit Supply Chain Management with St. Clair College Students
Blog
June 30, 2021
Through Riipen, educators can introduce their students to experiential learning and organizations can source creative ideas from students. One organization that recently tapped into the power of students is the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance, a Canadian non-profit organization that has raised awareness of congenital heart disease since 2004.
Product Coffee Break Webinar Recap - April 2021
Blog
June 16, 2021
Educators joined Riipen's Product and Marketing teams for a webinar on the latest platform news and updates. This is a recap of what happened during the webinar and what's in store for the coming months.
Experiential Learning Leader, Riipen, Host Panel Discussion on Ontario’s Workplace Pandemic Recovery Strategy
News
May 27, 2021
Today, Riipen hosted a panel of Ontario business and education leaders to discuss Ontario’s workforce strategy moving out of the pandemic. The panel highlighted the importance of providing opportunities for reskilling to keep up with the changing demands of the workforce and the critical role that work-integrated learning will play in the province’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Riipen launches Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program Level UP
News
April 22, 2021
Riipen launches Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program Level UP. Federal Government investment will support over 6,000 Canadian students, including students living in remote, rural communities and students from underrepresented communities.
Improving Website Accessibility with The Women’s Economic Council and Capella University
Case Study
April 21, 2021
The Women's Economic Council used Riipen to source student help on improving the organization’s website. The results of the project and ease of communication with talented students they were matched with amazed her. We sat down with Serah Gazali to learn how the IT Graduate students at Capella University provided a comprehensive solution to making their organization’s website more accessible.
Teaching Virtually Through Level UP with Early Childhood Education Student, Bibi Bacchus
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April 14, 2021
This week, we spoke with Bibi Bacchus, an Early Childhood Education (ECE) student at Mohawk College. Bibi found working on a teaching project with Abacus Uxbridge Inc. gave her valuable experience with learning how to interact with children in a virtual setting.
Arizona State University Student Survey Reveals Impact of Experiential Learning on Students
Blog
April 14, 2021
A student survey conducted at Arizona State University reveals how experiential learning adds to student career preparedness and employability while facilitating the transition from post-secondary education to the workplace.
How Level UP Helped Samira Develop Confidence as an Accounting Student
Blog
April 7, 2021
With thousands of short-term projects available to Canadian students through Level UP, many students are experiencing working in their area of study for the first time. Samira Sayamanesh, an Accounting and Finance student at Seneca College, was excited to share how Level UP helped her build confidence in her own abilities by giving her the opportunity to work with an employer directly.
Gaining Experience in a New Career Field with Tyson and Level UP
Blog
March 31, 2021
Since the launch of the Level UP program in late January, over 6000 students have signed up and are at various stages of the program. We had the opportunity to speak with, Tyson Bilton, a student at the University of Calgary working towards his Honours degree in Finance, Bachelors in Commerce. For his Level UP project, Tyson worked as a Marketing Strategist for the HSBC Social Innovation Academy.