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Riipen Life - Forming our DE&I Council
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.
Riipen Product Update - February 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Product Coffee Break Webinar - October 2021
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
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 Intern to Full Time Hire with Mesh AI
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
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?
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
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
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.
Teaching Virtually Through Level UP with Early Childhood Education Student, Bibi Bacchus
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
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
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
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.
Developing Cultural Intelligence as a Student in a Virtual World 
March 24, 2021
From disruptions to the status quo that made students question what the future of work and learning could look like to the magnification of existing social inequalities, this pandemic has changed student perceptions on how to best prepare themselves for the world. We discuss Cultural Intelligence, and why it is the key aptitude required for students to thrive in our contemporary and globalized world.
From Student to Employer with MiTravel Founder, Annie Lo
March 17, 2021
MiTravel Founder & CEO, Annie Lo, has had the unique opportunity to use Riipen as both a student user and an employer partner. Annie’s first interactions with Riipen were working on in-class projects as a student. She has since graduated and founded two ventures, including MiTravel which aims to launch later this year. Returning as an employer partner, Annie discusses her experiential learning experiences on Riipen from both a student and employer perspective.
Youth Talent Showcase: MiTravel’s Design Challenge
March 10, 2021
In January of 2021, Riipen was proud to sponsor National Congress 2021, a virtual youth conference hosted by AIESEC Canada. With 300 delegates attending from 26 Canadian post-secondary institutions, the conference’s theme was “The Entrepreneurial Playground'' with an agenda focused on developing entrepreneurial thinking in youth.
Diverse Perspectives Through Virtual Learning Opportunities
March 4, 2021
Through the shift to online learning and work to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some silver linings have emerged: most importantly, students are able to jump on opportunities they otherwise may not have access to.
Advice from Students on Creating Engaging Virtual Classrooms
February 24, 2021
While educators have had time to develop new strategies, many are still struggling to replicate the familiar physical classroom engagement. We spoke with a small pool of students in different areas of study from schools across Canada to hear how some professors have successfully kept them engaged, as well as what isn’t working for them. Keep reading to hear what they had to say.
SimplyCast’s Journey to 100 Interns
February 17, 2021
Saeed El-Darahali is the founder and CEO of SimplyCast based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This 11-year-old marketing automation company has long been passionate about work-integrated learning but is taking it a step further than ever before with its newest project: hiring 100 student interns by the end of 2021.
In Class Projects vs. Remote Internships: Which is Right For Your Business?
February 10, 2021
Work-integrated learning is more in demand than ever before, but what are the different options available while remote and which is right for you? Continue reading to learn about the use cases, similarities, and differences between two types of remote work-integrated learning: in-class projects and remote internships.