Flexible way for Canadian students and employers to collaborate.

Empowering student talent from top schools across Canada to match with paid short-term, remote projects from thousands of diverse employers. Let's bridge learning and work.

👋 Hey there,
We want to make paid work experience and connecting with student talent more accessible for students and employers of all backgrounds. An online Level UP project is more flexible than a traditional internship, and takes away barriers such as travel, making it easy to collaborate with talent and businesses, whether they're local or across the country.
A new way for students and employers to collaborate
Level UP Projects are flexible, 80-hour paid internships that can be completed fully online or hybrid.
Flexible By Design
Each Level UP project takes 80 hours to complete. Students and employers partner to set a timeline of 2-8 weeks, taking into account class and work schedules.
Diverse Opportunities
Level UP projects cover a diverse range of disciplines. Eligible students and employers will have the opportunity to collaborate on multiple Level UP projects.
Hassle-Free Payments
With funding from the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program, students are paid a $1,400 stipend for each project completed, processed hassle-free, directly through Riipen.
A network of 6,000+ students and 22,000+ employers
Hear from students and employers who've already accelerated their goals with Level UP:
check out our WALL OF LOVE
Simple, straightforward eligibility
Most Canadian students and employers are already eligible to participate in Level UP.
Click here for full eligibility requirements and Terms & Conditions.

Student Eligibility:

  • Be a current student registered in a Canadian post-secondary education institution, with no age limit; and
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Employer Eligibility:

  • Be a registered Canadian business or non-profit organization; and

Not be:

  • a member of the House of Commons or the Senate;
  • part of an organization that engage in partisan political activities; and/or
  • a federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government.
Match, stay organized, and collect feedback in one place
Build skills and work experience for your career while you're still in school.

Find a Match in the Marketplace

Explore an open marketplace of active internship opportunities from a wide variety of disciplines and employers. Upload your profile and request matches with a unique non-profit or a small business in the industry that matches your dream job.

Popular project areas include: Communications, Digital & Social Media Marketing, Market Research, Sales Strategy, Product Launch, Graphic Design, Website Development

Work in a Group or Independently

Join group-based projects to practice your leadership and collaboration skills, or match with a solo project to demonstrate your personal expertise.

Work from Anywhere

All Level UP projects can be completed 100% remotely. Riipen supports Google Meet and Zoom integration so you can take all meetings online and work with employers from anywhere in the country.

Tracking and Reminders

Track your hours and get reminders on major project milestones through the Level UP portal. Keep track of important documents and communications all in one place.

Portfolio of Experiences

Each Level UP experience consists of a fully scoped project, which can become a new entry in your resume or portfolio. Show recruiters that you have demonstrated work-ready skills and prepared for the next step in your career.

Employer Feedback

Get valuable insights from industry professionals on your work. Our network of thousands of Canadian employers are committed to provide mentorship and guidance to prepare you for the workforce and happy to leave you a LinkedIn recommendation or write a referral letter.

Level UP in the News
Catch up on the latest buzz about Level UP!
Mindshare Learning Moment Podcast
"This Week in Canadian EdTech: Leading Innovation in Education"

Interview: Dana Stephenson (CEO, Riipen)

Canadian SME Business Magazine
"The future of internships is Remote"

The Hamilton Spectator
"OpEd: Students need new tools to thrive"

The pandemic has disrupted the campus-to-industry talent pipeline, Dana Stephenson writes.

Global News 980 CKNW Radio
"Innovative program for students and employers receives another round of federal funding"

Interview: Dana Stephenson (CEO, Riipen)

"Vancouver’s Riipen Connects Student Talent to Opportunity with Level UP Program"

George Brown College
"More than 3,000 George Brown College students have gained real-world remote work experience with Riipen"


This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program