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AscentUP Terms and Conditions
AscentUP Terms and Conditions
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All participants of the AscentUP Internship Program must read and abide by the Riipen terms and conditions listed below (the “Internship Program Terms and Conditions”). Both learners and employers must agree to these conditions in order to join the AscentUP Internship Program on the Riipen platform.

Employer/Company Requirements

Eligibility

  • I attest that I am either a not-for-profit employer, public sector employer (post-secondary institution), or private sector employer.

  • I attest that I am located in United States.

  • I attest that I am a registered business in the United States with a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).

  • I acknowledge that as a condition of this partnership, I must provide documented proof of being a registered business entity in the United States. This may include, but is not limited to, a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN), articles of incorporation, business license, or any other relevant documentation issued by the appropriate authorities.

  • I attest that I am not an elected official or an organization that engages in partisan political activities, and/or federal, state, and municipal government.

  • I understand and attest that neither the company nor I can charge participants any form of payment to participate in the project and shall not directly profit from their participation.

  • I understand that as an employer, neither the company nor I am entitled to claim any payment from participants or to receive any monies paid to the participant in the form of a stipend.

Project Requirements

  • I understand that I must define the project scope up-front to the best of my ability, limiting changes once learners are approved for the project.

  • I understand that I must be available for a discussion with the AscentUP Internship Program team to initiate the relationship and confirm that the project scope is an appropriate fit for the placement/internship.

  • I understand that the project timelines must align with the AscentUP Internship program schedule. If the project end date must change, the participants must notify the AscentUP Internship team a minimum of 5 business days prior to the end date currently recorded in the platform.

  • I understand that employer projects starting between May and August must be completed within 6 weeks of project start and by August 31st 2024. Participant and employer exit surveys and employer feedback must also be submitted within 2 weeks of project completion.

  • I understand I will be matched with a team of 3-5 AscentUP learners to work on my project. The stipend can only be granted to eligible learners selected to participate by AscentUP and all participants must come through the Riipen platform under the program. Learners cannot be invited directly by the employer.

  • I understand that I must provide a project that requires no more than 30 hours of work per learner. If more than 30 hours of work is required, the learners will not be able to complete the project under this program.

  • I understand that as the employer, I must make a good-faith effort to ensure that the project allows each of the 3-5 learners 30 hours of experience.

  • I understand that I must provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to the learners who are working on my project(s). I must be responsive to any questions, and check in on progress to help ensure a good result.

  • I understand that this program requires that learners receive at least 5 hours of mentorship throughout the project.

  • Upon completion of the project, I will confirm with the AscentUP Internship Program team that each learner has completed 30 hours of work within 6 weeks, by providing comprehensive feedback on the platform.

  • I understand that I must complete the AscentUP Internship Program exit survey and approve project deliverables submitted by the learners at the conclusion of the project.

  • I acknowledge that participation in this program requires a commitment to completing this survey and failure to do so may result in my inability to post new projects.

  • I understand that participants of AscentUP Internship Program projects are engaged via Riipen Networks Inc., and as such, Riipen meets all Occupational and Health Standard requirements legislated by federal and state governments.

  • I acknowledge I must provide learners with all relevant information concerning health and safety standards and regulations with regard to their work environment to include any and all required safety equipment to complete their work. This must be completed within the first week of the project.

  • AscentUP Internship Program is offered by Riipen in partnership with AscentUP. I understand that as part of the initiative, AscentUP would like to have the opportunity to check in with me periodically to ask some follow-up questions and to provide information about future opportunities. To that end, I agree to engage in follow-up sessions with AscentUP.

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Participant Requirements

Eligibility

  • I confirm that I am a participant of the AscentUP Internship Program and have completed all requirements provided by the program leads prior to this work placement.

  • I am legally entitled to work in the United States according to the relevant state and federal legislation and regulations, throughout the entire duration of the project period.

  • I understand that in order to receive the $300 stipend for the project I must meet the eligibility requirements described on this page, and I must submit my final deliverable to the employer through the Riipen platform.

Employment Status

  • I acknowledge and agree that I am not, and will not become, by participating in this program, an employee of Riipen Networks Inc., Ampersand Professionals, Inc. (“AscentUP”), or any affiliated project partner company.

  • I acknowledge that upon joining the AscentUP Internship Program, I will be required to submit my legal name, social security number (SSN) and mailing address in order to be issued a 1099 tax form for any stipend payments made to me.

  • I understand that I am solely responsible for reporting any income that I earn through this program in accordance with applicable laws, including US income tax policies.

Project Requirements

  • I understand that only projects that are approved by the AscentUP Internship Program team and accessed through the Riipen platform are eligible for the stipend.

  • I understand that I must be confirmed and added to a project team before the start date and must track progress through the platform from start to finish. Projects completed/tracked off platform will not qualify for the $300 stipend.

  • I understand that I must complete 30 hours of work within 6 weeks on a schedule agreed by my participant team and the employer, to qualify for the stipend payment. Those 30 hours must be spent in a good faith effort to complete the project as defined by the employer. Working above 30 hours is not recommended or required, and will not be compensated. Partial payments are not offered.

  • I understand that I must not exceed 8 hours of project work every day.

  • I understand that I must communicate with the employer before and during the project to fully understand the project scope and ensure work is on track.
    (Recommendation: respond to all communication within 72 hours.)

  • I understand that employer projects taking place between May and August must be completed by no later than 6 weeks from the project start and by August 31st 2024. Learner exit surveys and employer feedback must also be submitted within 2 weeks of project completion.

  • I acknowledge that I am required to upload the final project deliverables to the employer via the Riipen platform at project submission. For more details on the deliverables required to receive payment, see our FAQs.

  • I understand that my team must provide our final submission on the Riipen platform prior to the project end date. If the employer and my team collectively agree to change the end date, I will notify the AscentUP Internship Program Team (ascentup@riipen.com) a minimum of 5 business days prior to the end date currently recorded on the platform.

  • I understand that after the completion of the employer project, I will be invited to complete an exit survey about my experiences with AscentUP Internship and my employment journey. I acknowledge that participation in this program requires a commitment to completing this survey.

  • I understand that payment will be made only after I have completed the exit survey and the AscentUP Internship team has evaluated the project submission, with input from the employer. A project that is not completed will not be eligible for the stipend. Payment processing is not immediate. Riipen operates a 21-day payout period for learners completing AscentUP Internship projects. A stipend will begin to be processed when the employer provides feedback on a project submission and the learner exit survey has been received.

  • I understand that I will only work on one AscentUP Internship project and will only be paid for that one project once completed and in accordance with the statements above.

  • I acknowledge that if I receive a stipend payment which I was not entitled to, I may need to return such funds. This includes but is not limited to situations such as: i. the amount of any payments made to me in error; ii. the amount of any payments made in excess of the amount actually owed to me; iii. the amount of any payments that I received, while ineligible to receive them.

  • AscentUP Internship is offered by Riipen in partnership with AscentUP. I understand that as part of the initiative, AscentUP would like to have the opportunity to check in with me periodically to ask some follow-up questions and to provide information about future opportunities. To that end, I agree to engage in follow-up sessions with AscentUP.

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