How Canadian students get paid to build skills for their career.

Short-term, remote projects you choose, where you'll meet potential employers and earn work experience alongside a supportive community of Canadian students.

👋 Hey there,
Whatever it is you want to do after graduation, our employer network, project library, and student community will help you get there–fast. If you want to try a new role outside your area of study, enhance your resume with employer testimonials, and get paid while you learn, this is the place for you.
Introducing a new way to earn work experience
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. You'll work directly with your employer partner to set a timeline of 2-8 weeks, taking into account your class/work schedule.
Multiple Experiences
Eligible students can work on up to 5 Level UP projects per year. Explore different disciplines, meet a variety of employers, and add it all to your resume or LinkedIn at the end.
Fair Compensation
With funding by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program, you'll earn a $1,400 stipend for each project completed (individually or on a team), paid directly by Riipen to you via E-Transfer.
A network of 6,000+ students–and growing
Hear from students who've already accelerated their career with Level UP:
Simple, straightforward eligibility
Most Canadian students are already eligible to participate in Level UP.

You must meet all of the following:

  • 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.

Click here if you are an international student or student with temporary residency status.

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 with an Employer

Explore 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 progress 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.

Upgrade your resume without ever leaving your bed, that's Level UP.

" I think this is just the best opportunity to be able to try out something new and get your feet wet in a new industry that you might not have had the opportunity in the past." - Tyson Bilton, University of Calgary, Level UP '21
Support at every step of the journey
Connect with the Level UP student community or support team with any questions.

Built on Riipen đŸ„‘

Level UP is built on Riipen, the world's largest experiential learning marketplace. Your account gets you access to Riipen features like a digital scorecard of your skills that you can share with future employers. Learn more in our press release!

Dedicated Support đŸ€

Connect with the Level UP support team with any questions you may have! We are happy to provide guidance, resolve errors, and listen to feedback on the program.

Connect with us at levelup@riipen.com or our in-app chat!

Level UP Community đŸ‘„

The Level UP Discord Community is where students from all over Canada can connect and discuss career preparation, share successful projects, and offer encouragement to new users.

Coming Soon

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"


What are you waiting for? ⏰

Join the thousands of students upgrading their resume with real work experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chances are you've got questions. We have the answers.
How many projects can I complete?
Students are able to take on up to 5 Level UP projects per year. Please be mindful of the number of applications you are submitting, so that you do not go over this project limit. Each project is 80 hours in length and can be completed over the course of 2-8 weeks.
Is Level UP available in French?
Yes, Level UP is available in French on the platform. All communications and marketing collaterals are also available in French. If you'd like to use the Riipen platform in French, you can navigate to your dashboard, click the drop down arrow in the top right corner and again on "Settings". Under "Accessibility", you will be able to change your language preference to French.
Do students need to be enrolled in a particular course/program?
Level UP aims to break down barriers, so it is open to any eligible student irrespective of their enrolment.
How are students paid? How long does it take?
Each Student will be paid for the project in the form of a stipend which will be sent via e-transfer. For students working on teams, each team member will receive their own $1400 stipend after completing the required exit survey.
Level UP operates on a 21 day payout period for students completing Level UP projects. Your stipend will begin to be processed when the Level UP employer you worked with provides feedback on your project submission. If 21 days have elapsed and the Level UP employer has not provided feedback, the Riipen Level UP team will review your final deliverable on behalf of the employer, which may cause your payment to be delayed. You can read further details here.
What are the Terms and Conditions for the program and what is the three strike system?
In an effort to create a positive Level UP experience for all parties, we have updated our Terms and Conditions, which can be found here. Please take a moment to read through them. We've also created a three strike system. This means that if any Level UP user goes against the Terms and Conditions, they will receive a strike. You will be notified via e-mail when/if you've received a strike. If you receive three strikes, you will be removed from the program and will no longer be able to participate and receive a stipend.

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