A week or two before your course's projects begin, you should be contacting the company representative to go over the following:

  1. Determine how students will communicate with their industry partner (face to face, video conference, phone call, etc.) Who will be the main point of contact at the company? How frequent will the check-ins be?
  2. Ensure that the course details are up to date. Companies and the Riipen team use this information to plan for the student projects. Go through the "Edit" wizard at the top right corner of your course page to change any dates and details that may have changed.

    The dates to double check are: Start Date, End Date, and Milestones.
  3. Make plans for a project kickoff meeting as needed where you, the company, and the students are all present! Click here for our suggestions for project kickoff meetings.

You should also make sure that your students have formed teams and are designated to clients. Help them get setup on Riipen so that they can complete milestones and receive recommendations at the end of the project. Below is a template that you can use to provide students with signup instructions:

  1. Go to your course page [provide course link] and click "Join as Student." If you haven't created an account yet, click "Sign up to Join" and create a student account.
  2. Enter your access code: When prompted, enter your access code [provide code found in your course's Students tab]
  3. Go to the Projects tab, click on your assigned project then click start this project to create a new team or join an existing one, as well as introduce yourself to your industry client.
  4. Throughout the project, you can submit your work through Riipen. At the end of the project, you'll receive feedback and recommendations from the company.

    How to talk to industry partners: Read our guidelines for communicating and working with employers.


In our experience, the most important things to cover with students are:

  • Working professionally with their organization
  • How to communicate professionally and effectively with their organization
  • Setting expectations for the quality and quantity of their deliverables
  • Ensuring students know and are committed to meeting deadlines for milestones and deliverables

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