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How to Grow Your Business With Virtual Internships
September 30, 2020
On Tuesday, September 29th, Riipen hosted a panel at Vancouver Startup Week 2020 focused on how to grow your business with virtual interns. We were joined by four students that completed virtual internships this summer as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Going Beyond Borders With Howard Errey and RMIT University
September 23, 2020
RMIT University is Riipen’s first academic partner in Australia. Interestingly, RMIT wants its students to work on projects outside of Australia. All experiential learning engagements for students on the Riipen platform occur across borders. 
How COVID Has Changed the Way Students Choose Their Post-Secondary Institution
September 16, 2020
Most colleges and universities have now returned to school for the fall. Many have come in with a plan for this academic year, but these measures are only temporary responses to the current global pandemic. However, as traditional university practices drastically change this fall, the factors potential incoming students consider when choosing their university have changed - potentially for the long term.
Making Mistakes, Taking Initiative, and Self-Reflecting: The Riipen Intern Managers Offer Advice for Virtual Interns
August 18, 2020
As we wrap up the summer with our first group of virtual internships, we asked our intern managers to give insight for students who are completing their internship or starting one this Fall. Read more for advice to make the most of your current or future placement!
The Case for Mentors: A Student’s Best Strategy This Fall
August 11, 2020
Nearly 80% of jobs aren’t even posted publicly and moreover, 85% of jobs are filled through networking. The cancellation of networking opportunities is devastating for many students and worsens the network gap. For students from low socio-economic backgrounds, their post-secondary education is an opportunity to level the playing field and find their own connections compared to students who come from families with a pre-existing network. As a result, mentorship is more crucial than ever, not only for career purposes but for support during these times. For students in any field, here are a few reasons to make the search for mentors a priority and some tips for how to approach the process.
The Future of Hiring Looks Different for Everyone - Here’s How to Prepare
August 4, 2020
Skills automation and machine learning are quickly becoming common tools in the workforce. With any change, we must assess its impact on everyone as the implications of these technological innovations disproportionately affect women and minorities. Diversity and inclusion have been brought to the forefront this year with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and our efforts must be adapted as the job market faces major changes. Here are some of the trends to expect and recommendations for a more inclusive strategy for your organization’s needs.
Career Services Steps Up to Help Students Overcome Mass Internship Cancellations
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Research, Development, and Innovation: Justin Mosbey Spotlight
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.
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
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.