Are you a student or post-graduate and have you ever wondered how to get an internship with L’Oréal Canada? I had the unique opportunity to walk through the L’Oréal Canada headquarters in Montreal last month and got to interview four interns precisely about their experience and how they got their foot in the door.
L’Oréal is one of the world’s leading beauty groups encompassing dozens of brands from women’s luxury fragrances, cosmetics, hair and skin products to men’s personal care. The company’s employees and interns work on very specific brands and tasks, but still manage to overlap, help one another and work in teams.
- Alissa from Montreal who graduated in Marketing and International Business
- Fabian from Toronto who specialized in Marketing and Operations
- Maripaz from Costa Rica who studies Marketing and Economics
- Selina from Vancouver majoring in Marketing with a minor in Psychology
How to get an internship at L’Oréal
A typical day at L’Oréal Canada as an intern
How did the experience differ from the interns’ expectations or assumptions
L’Oréal Canada has many companies being managed under one roof, which offers up the opportunity to observe and learn about many different approaches.
Alissa said people told her the experience would be too stressful with a lot of responsibility, however she found the position interesting and motivating. Selina was pleasantly surprised at how impactful her work as an intern is on the La Roche-Posay skincare brand.
Maripaz was expecting an internship in marketing, but was offered a commercial one instead. She was pleasantly surprised at how well the position fit her skill-set.
The best part/hardest part of interning at L’Oréal Canada
The best part, according to all four interviewees, is the atmosphere at L’Oréal Canada and how outgoing, helpful and motivated everyone is at the company.
Tasks are constantly being completed, postponed or cancelled. The hardest aspects include being able to multi-task, keep track of everything and prioritise projects accordingly. Fabian and Alissa mentioned that even if they worked all day, they could never finish everything because there was always something new they could recommend or start.
Maripaz, who has a commercial internship, mentioned that she had to learn software skills on her own quickly. Selina, coming from Vancouver said it was hard being away from home, but she has adjusted well and is glad for this amazing opportunity to work at her dream company.
How does interning at L’Oréal Canada differ from other internships
How to set yourself apart in the application process
Fabian said his background in retail with Holt Renfrew and Burberry along with his passion for consumer goods packaging set him apart. Selina suggested knowing the company well before applying, “know your favourite brands, division and showcase your passion in the interview.”
Alissa and Maripaz highly recommended participating in case competitions because they help challenge you and showcase your talents more than any classroom course will.
What about post-internship?
Special thanks to Quintin for inviting me into the L’Oréal Canada headquarters and to all of the interns I interviewed.
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