Research Associate, Ripple Impact (Summer 2023 Intern)

Toronto, Canada

Role Location: Ripple Toronto 

Ripple is a mission driven company enabling the world to move value tomorrow the way it moves information today. Ripple is transforming global payments systems through innovative uses of blockchain, digital assets and other new technology. Ripple is committed to leveraging its technology, financial resources and talented workforce to create social good at scale, through both its core business and Ripple Impact, its corporate social impact program.

Ripple Impact is helping to develop a more scalable, sustainable, ethical and inclusive global blockchain ecosystem by supporting education, research, and technical innovation in blockchain and FinTech through its flagship university partnerships program, the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). UBRI now includes more than 45 universities from 21 countries worldwide.

As a Research Associate for Ripple Impact, you will play an instrumental role in helping to grow UBRI’s program, through both employee-driven efforts and collaboration with leading universities.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be involved in delivering an innovative program at a great place to work with the potential to have a tremendous, positive impact globally.


  • Work with the head of the University Blockchain Research Initiative to ensure all partnerships are adequately supported and highly productive
  • Monitor progress of research projects and track major developments and milestones of UBRI to represent and share program success
  • Identify and support subject matter experts and University alma mater internally and connect to partners
  • Be a champion for UBRI inside Ripple’s culture
  • Educate global employees on regional partner highlights and connect them to opportunities to get involved with local faculty and students on projects or events


  • Graduate degree 
  • Strong understanding of blockchain, cryptocurrency and/or related fields
  • Experience working with engineers within an engineering driven culture with a desire to innovate, build and grow things
  • Strong literature review and data analysis skills with proficiency with metrics, tracking and reporting
  • Ability to bring people together around a common goal and lead by example
  • Exceptional communicator with strong writing and presentation skills
  • Proficient relationship management skills; ability to reach out, initiate and cultivate relationships with both internal and external contributors
  • Experience bridging industry and academic worlds
  • Serious attention to detail and a commitment to excellence
  • Smart, energetic and relentless in the pursuit of moving the needle / doing something new and innovative
  • Enjoy mentoring and inspiring the people that you work with and see diverse teams as an asset.

We’re looking to increase what we already offer, but you can expect
  • Competitive regional hourly pay
  • 1:1 Mentoring
  • Dedicated "buddy"- we'll partner you with someone at Ripple who will act as friend, advocate, liason, guide and so much more!
  • Social and professional development events (In-person and virtual)
  • Ripple offers lunches twice a week for non-remote employees
  • On that note, Ripple has a very flexible remote policy - You get the choice of where you work from.
  • The chance to work in a fast-paced start-up environment with experienced industry leaders
  • A learning environment where you can dive deep into the latest technologies and make an impact
  • Weekly company meeting - ask me anything style discussion with our Leadership Team
  • Design laptop, software and headphones (on loan)


Ripple is doing for value what the internet did for information: enabling its instant and seamless flow around the world. We call this the Internet of Value (IoV). Using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, Ripple is dedicated to creating powerful gains in financial efficiency, equity and inclusion. In addition, Ripple is developing and enabling the future use cases that will catalyze the new digital economy for governments, businesses and consumers.

Ripple has offices in Bangalore, Dubai, Dublin, London, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Reykjavík, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

WHAT WE OFFER – The resources and support to be your best at work and beyond:

Do Your Best Work

  • The opportunity to build in a fast-paced start-up environment with experienced industry leaders
  • A learning environment where you can dive deep into the latest technologies and make an impact.  A professional development budget to support other modes of learning.
  • Thrive in an environment where no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, origin, or culture they identify with, every employee is a respected, valued, and empowered part of the team.
  • Ripple is Flexible First: you have the option to work remotely, from our offices, or a combination of the two within the 11 countries we are located around the world.
  • Weekly all-company meeting - business updates and ask me anything style discussion with our Leadership Team
  • We come together for moments that matter which include team off-sites, team bonding activities, happy hours and more!

Take Control of Your Finances

  • Competitive salary, bonuses, and equity
  • Bonus Flexibility Program: Participants in the Corporate Bonus Plan have the option to elect to receive their annual bonus in cash, equity or XRP, or a combination.
  • 100% paid medical and dental and 95% paid vision insurance for employees starting on your first day
  • 401k (with match) 
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee giving match
  • Mobile phone stipend

Take Care of Yourself

  • Twice a quarter R&R days so you can rest and recharge
  • Generous wellness reimbursement and weekly onsite & virtual programming
  • Flexible vacation policy - work with your manager to take time off when you need it
  • Industry-leading parental leave policies. Family planning benefits.
  • Catered lunches, fully-stocked kitchens with premium snacks/beverages, and plenty of fun events

Benefits listed above are for full-time employees.

Ripple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We do not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, or any other characteristic protected by local law or ordinance.