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Small and medium-sized businesses looking to address the talent gap can turn to Riipen’s Level UP Program for access to fully subsidized, remote paid internships
News
July 26, 2022
July 26, 2022 – Vancouver, BC – In light of the changing nature of work and challenges around sourcing talent, Riipen’s Level UP program has expanded to support 18,000 new fully subsidized, remote paid internships for small and mid-sized companies over the next two years.
Riipen Life - New Employee Onboarding, The Riipen Way
Blog
July 12, 2022
“We are here to enable every Riipeneer to do their best work.” If we had to sum up what Riipen’s People & Culture team is all about in one phrase, this would be it. It’s the thing we keep this top of mind when shaping the moments that matter in the Riipeneer journey. We strive to craft employee experiences where our team members feel a sense of belonging, support, and appreciation. Onboarding is no exception. 
A Look Back on the Red River College Polytechnic Sprint to Innovate Hackathon
Case Study
July 4, 2022
More than 100 postsecondary students from schools across Manitoba took part in the Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge hackathon presented by the City of Winnipeg and hosted by Riipen partner Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech). Over the span of 3 days, students from varied disciplines such as technology, business, entrepreneurship, worked in teams of 4 to 6, to tackle a business challenge provided by industry partners. Under the guidance of their mentors and in collaboration with their employer-partner, the student teams worked together on a solution to the proposed challenge, including developing a prototype which they presented to judges on the final day.
The Journey to 100 Projects and Beyond
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June 29, 2022
Sidney Shapiro, Professor and Coordinator of the Business and Crime Analytics programs at Cambrian College, and Jason Corcoran, Instructor and Coordinator of the graduate certificate program in Health Analytics at Cambrian College, have been working collaboratively to find new ways to connect employers with students and create new opportunities for them. Following the onboarding of the Riipen platform at Cambrian College, in the summer of 2020, Sidney and Jason quickly took the platform by storm to unearth projects for their students for the upcoming fall semester. We recently sat down with them to know more about their impressive journey to 100 projects and hear their thoughts on the value that the Riipen platform provides them. 
Expanding the Scope of Work-Integrated Learning with Accelerate Her Future
Case Study
June 21, 2022
Accelerate Her Future (AHF) is a career accelerator providing tailored programs for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and racialized women to launch their careers in business and STEM while building networks of solidarity and action. Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi, Founder and President of AHF, began working with Riipen in the Summer of 2021, submitting a number of different projects to the Level UP remote internship program. She was able to partner with five students who worked on projects focusing on digital marketing, research and analysis, establishing an ambassador program and onboarding.
How one educator transformed her teaching during the pandemic using Riipen
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June 15, 2022
The pandemic has caused many educators to rethink their teaching methods due to the constraints imposed. The transition from in-person to virtual teaching is just one of the changes that many educators have had to make. Others have been forced to transform their student assignments and internship programs because of the struggle to find employers ready to work with and mentor their students. Marie-Maxime Bastien, a Business Administration educator at Collège André-Grasset, is one such instructor who had to adapt her teaching methodology during the height of the pandemic. Marie-Maxime took advantage of the Riipen platform to reshape one of her courses with great success. 
Riipen Life - Our Approach to Community Giving
Blog
June 8, 2022
Riipen has experienced incredible growth over the last few years, and that has presented us with the opportunity to reimagine what we wanted community giving at Riipen to look like. Up until 2021 we had made several charitable donations to causes we cared about, but we knew we could contribute more meaningfully with a structured program and team in place.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.