A new program gives students the opportunity to get real-world experience and earn an honorarium, while fulfilling the required work-integrated learning components of their programs.
Students who participate in Riipen’s Level UP program can receive up to $1,400 in payment for working on short-term projects in a range of areas like social media marketing, supply chain management, financial analysis and more. Students have between two and eight weeks to complete 80 project hours, on average.
Students must meet the following requirements to participate in paid projects:
- registered at George Brown College, with no age limit;
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
- legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
International students who aren’t legally entitled to work in Canada can participate in the Level UP program for course-credit only.
Level UP and work-integrated learning requirements
Students who apply to be part of the Level UP program must get approval from their faculty or work-integrated learning (WIL) advisor — Level UP opportunities don’t automatically comply with college requirements. Students who aren’t eligible to receive the honorarium or the WIL credit can still participate in the program to gain experience.
All Level UP projects are designed to be completed remotely and the Riipen platform includes built-in video chat, messaging and file sharing to keep your work on track. The program is a great way for students to build up their resumes and portfolios before heading out into the workforce.
Riipen is a digital platform that matches students with employers across Canada. George Brown partnered with Riipen in 2018 to enhance experiential learning in the classroom, but when COVID-19 pandemic started, the college began using it to find virtual work placements for students.