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Get experience and get paid with Level UP

May 29, 2024 — 

It can sometimes be challenging for students to access learning opportunities beyond their coursework. Level UP is changing that reality, with a new program that connects you to employers for a paid opportunity to learn new skills and broaden your horizons.

Riipen, a project-based learning platform in North America, has been connecting students, academics and industry professionals since 2014. Riipen recently launched Level UP, a program providing opportunities for Canadian students, students who are permanent residents or have refugee status and are able to work in Canada, to work directly with employers on short-term projects. In addition, students can use and expand their skillsets while getting paid for their hard work.

The program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Work-Integrated Learning Initiatives with the objective to create quality work opportunities for students across the country.

Each project is completed in 60 hours over 2-8 weeks, with flexible timelines to accommodate the participant’s schedule. Projects available to student are in person, hybrid, and fully remote.  After completing a project, students receive a stipend of $1400 from Riipen.  Applicants can choose projects from a variety of fields including business strategy, computer science and IT, Data, design and creative work, engineering and manufacturing, finance, human resources, marketing, medicine and health, social impact, writing, and more. With 3,000 projects already available on the platform, employers are adding new ones daily.

The program uses a cycle model where students can complete three Level UP projects in that cycle. If all opportunities are filled, you can apply for the waitlist and will be notified when the next cycle begins.

Riipen takes pride in preparing students for the workforce with career-ready skills before their graduation. Level UP aims to make this process even easier.

“It’s a great way for students to gain valuable experience relevant to their interests or degree program while building their network with employers,” says Connie Korchak, Career Consultant for Career Services.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • A current student at a Canadian post-secondary education institution
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Take advantage of this opportunity to elevate your resume, explore your career options, and get paid doing it.

Do you have any questions about Level UP? Some common questions have been answered here


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