How to Get an Internship with L'Oreal Canada Inc

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L’Oréal Canada is the leader and driving force of Canada’s beauty industry, offering over 30 world-renowned brands. And they have a very ambitious goal for the coming years: to recruit an additional one billion customers worldwide. If you’re planning a career in the beauty business, there are few better places to learn the ropes than L’Oréal Canada.

Types of internships at Loreal Canada

Every year, L’Oréal Canada offers several 14-week internships. And interns aren’t just making copies. They’re participating in and contributing to real projects that have a global impact. They offer internships in the following functional areas:

  • Research
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Communication
  • Digital
  • Human Resources

What they’re looking for

L’Oréal Canada isn’t just looking for somebody to do busy work. They’re looking for talent to develop (in fact, one-third of the new graduates they hire each year are former interns). So they have some pretty high standards for the interns they choose. Successful intern candidates will have these characteristics:

  • Be in the last two years of a university-level business degree and hold a B average
  • Have natural leadership abilities
  • Have excellent communication skills (L’Oréal Canada is a bilingual workplace)
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit, as evidenced by something you started for yourself or to benefit your community
  • Well-developed business skills
  • Well-developed artistic skills
  • Curiosity and initiative
  • Ambition
  • An interest in beauty, fashion, and well-being
  • Prioritization/time management skills
  • Flexibility
  • Have a valid drivers’ license

Highlighting the company’s creative slant, all interns are asked to forego a cover letter and to, instead, make a one-minute YouTube video introducing themselves and highlighting what they can bring to the company.

What’s currently available

L’Oréal Canada is currently seeking two interns for the summer of 2015. Both will be located in Montreal or the surrounding areas. The first is in marketing. Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing point-of-sales (POS) marketing tools
  • Working with marketing agencies to coordinate projects
  • Creating and delivering presentations
  • Analyzing different merchandising (how products are displayed in a store) strategies and making recommendations
  • Conducting market and competitor analysis and analyzing the resulting data
  • Creating training events for store staff
  • Organizing sample events
  • Conducting product launches

The other internship currently being advertised for the summer of 2015 is in commercial and business development. Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting market analysis for assigned brands and categories
  • Learning how customers make their point-of-sale buying decisions
  • Conducting SWOT analyses for assigned brand(s): strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Learning the different tools used to obtain brand metrics
  • Understanding branding and positioning
  • Proposing strategies for increasing the sales of a particular brand/category
  • Producing reports for executive management

You can apply for both listings from the job posting, either through an online form or through LinkedIn. It would also be a good idea to check the site regularly, as more internships may be posted soon.

At best, an internship at L’Oréal Canada could lead to an exciting career if you’re hired after graduation. But whether you’re hired by L’Oréal Canada or not, an internship with one of the best-known beauty companies in the world will look great on your resume and open any number of doors.