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2 In 1: Two Internships For One Passion… Meet Ghita at L’Oréal Research & Innovation

Why go for one internship when you can go for two! That’s what Ghita did to make her dream come true, not once but twice! After the first internship at L’Oréal in International Manager Assistant for Cosmetics Raw Material at Advanced Research team, Ghita comes back to intern for the function again, with a new scope in Product Performance Evaluation. Keen to hear all about it? Let her share what day-to-day life as in intern looks like, and what it’s really like to work for a beauty giant in Research & Innovation and Operations. And if product performance doesn’t quite ring a bell for you, hear her useful insights to understand it better!

Hi Ghita! Great to see you’re back! Were you made for L’Oréal or was L’Oréal made for you? Tell us your story!

At my first internship at L’Oréal in International Manager Assistant for Cosmetics Raw Material, my mission was to optimize the referencing of cosmetics raw materials, by working on digital questionnaires dedicated to L’Oréal’s worldwide suppliers. This approach aims to strengthen the quality and the consistency of the raw material’s data collected such as the origin, the manufacturing process, the international regulations, the environmental footprint assessment, the performances according to the criteria set out in the Sustainability Assessment Framework, especially biodiversity, naturalness index.

I have also written guidelines designed to support suppliers in the reading, filling and understanding of L’Oréal’s standards in force. All in all, these digital questionnaires assist L’Oréal in ensuring that their raw materials meet the requirements of quality, safety and efficacy expected for cosmetic use worldwide.

Now, I am doing my second internship at L’Oréal in the department of product performance evaluation. I guess I am really into the beauty industry and understanding consumer habits! Every time I meet new people I ask them about their beauty rituals and about the products they use. I love to give advice, I’m thinking of having my own beauty blog!

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Ghita in Lille, starting to study at a young age!

Product performance… that sounds intriguing! What exactly does that mean?

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Ghita with a “competitivity bag”

What’s your team like? Give 3 emojis to describe it…

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As we are into competitive analysis, I would say that the winner’s cup reflects the team, as we are constantly striving to be the best and get our projects working successfully on the market.

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Yes, we are competitive, but not in a negative way! We are always working together as a team, helping each other wherever we can and solve every little problem as a team. My team always listens to each other and give advice to everyone in need!

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They are always joking… every day is so funny. Even in tough situations, we keep the fun touch at work, because we know how important it is to have a real pleasant workplace!

Why did you choose L’Oréal?

So, you had quite high expectations… What surprised you the most before and after your first internship?

The only thing that was quite new to me is the fascinating aspect of how people-centric and consumer-centric L’Oréal is. Here the consumer and the employee is in the heart of the company and both of them are super connected to the company, giving everyone a chance of communicating in a direct way. Consumers really have an impact here and can change products to better fit future needs.

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The sustainability L’Oréal commitment “Sharing beauty with All”

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring other people applying to L’Oréal?

On a personal level I would like to give you the advice of always striving to be the best version of yourself, always striving for more, create strong relationships across departments and countries and be always open to new ideas! Dare to meet as many people as you possibly can and communicate clearly where you want to go. Last but not least, L’Oréal has such an open culture, that you can get feedback everywhere really easily. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get all the advices you can get, as managers are there to accomodate your learning experience and bring our the best in you!

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When you love your work and the people you work with, amazing things can happen. Inspired by Ghita’s story? Learn more about our Research & Innovation teams here

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