L'Oréal Marketing Scholar Award

3rd year students intending to undertake 4th year Honours are invited to apply for the L'Oréal Scholarship.

Applications close on 5.00pm, 13 June 2014

L'Oréal (NZ), a world leader in the health and beauty industry, is a regular recruiter of our graduates. Each year L’Oréal (NZ) offers a very generous scholarship in order to support a high achieving well-rounded 3rd year Marketing student who intends to enrol in the Honours programme, with a view to integrating them into their graduate trainee programme after graduation.

The successful applicant is offered direct payment of the Honours year tuition fees plus negotiated course related costs to a maximum value of NZ$5,000, employment for the summer holiday period between 3rd and 4th year (and one other 4th year holiday period) and, upon graduation, the possibility of a 2 year full-time contract as an Assistant Product Manager within a selected division of L’Oréal (NZ) - Auckland, the exact division depending on the business requirements of L’Oréal.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be a 3rd year student intending to apply for Honours (Marketing Management major) and a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

For information see Applicant Information. For further information and an application form, visit the University of Otago scholarships website.

If you would like to discuss your application before submitting, please contact Dr Leah Watkins.

2011 L'Oréal Scholar

Kristin Borley
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Kristin Borley
The 2011 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar: Kristin Borley

My goal for the summer was to meet inspirational people, to exercise what I had learnt through my years at university and most importantly, to enjoy myself whilst doing it. L’Oréal offered all of this and more. As a marketing focused multinational, it was the perfect opportunity to experience the workforce in between my studies and holidays.

In my role I was lucky enough to be in the creative Professional Product Team where I worked closely with the professional styling and haircare brands L’Oréal Professionnel and Redken. I was surprised yet thankful for the responsibility given to me from Day 1, where I was set challenging tasks to ensure I grew for the better.

Each day brought something new. From meeting with PR and design agencies, working on new product launches, market analysis and pricing strategies. I was also involved in organizing the famous L’Oréal garage sale and a fashion fabulous conference at the iD Dunedin Fashion Week which I attended during my honours year! Meeting John Campbell and heading back stage was definitely a highlight and it was great to see my work in action.

I have learnt so much about L’Oréal, the industry and myself that I truly recommend it to anyone looking for experience in a market leading international company. Being immersed in the hardworking, enthusiastic and passionate company culture of L’Oréal makes me even more eager to begin next year as a graduate. Who knows where it will take me next!

2010 L'Oréal Scholar

Cherie Robertson
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Cherie Robertson
The 2010 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar: Cherie Robertson

The L’Oréal scholarship is definitely an opportunity that opens doors. It provides a bridge between University and the workforce that is invaluable.  During my summer internship I worked primarily with Yves Saint Laurent and Designer Fragrances within the Luxury Division.

The cosmetics industry is fast paced, and L’Oréal is right at the forefront as the market leader. L’Oréal New Zealand’s role as a subsidiary of a multinational company means that their activity is primarily marketing focused, tailoring their offering to the local market. I gained valuable insight and experience by working with the intelligent and focused individuals who drive L’Oréal. Everybody is friendly, inclusive and ready to help, creating a cohesive and high performing company.

I was involved in a variety of activities and given responsibility over my own projects. I was exposed to sales meetings, promotional activities, product launches and forecasting, just to name a few.

Rubbing shoulders with top professionals such as Trelise Cooper, and networking with major magazine editors was definitely a highlight. I also conducted market research and analysis that enabled me to utilize my analytical skills gained from my University study.

The entire experience was rewarding. I really grew from both the exposure and support given by L’Oréal. I am excited to return as a graduate upon the completion of my studies.

2009 L'Oréal Scholar

Mikaela Ingram
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

BSc - Psychology

Mikaela Ingram
The 2009 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Mikaela Ingram

I cannot emphasise enough what an amazing opportunity the L'Oréal scholarship offers! I loved my internship; my tasks changed daily and I was never bored – this made an excellent change to my usual summer jobs! I was working on the Garnier team and helped occasionally with Maybelline. I learnt a lot about the fast-paced, challenging world of FMCG marketing.

I was certainly nervous but there was no need, everyone at L'Oréal is lovely, helpful, encouraging, and so intelligent! It was an inspiring environment to be in for sure. I was thrown in the deep end a bit, but it was a great way to learn quickly! I was supported the whole way, as everyone was new to the company at some point and not one of my million questions was treated as stupid.

Going back in the mid-year break was perhaps even more valuable, as by then I had been able to reflect on my summer experience, apply what I had learnt there to my honours classes and return to L'Oréal more sure of myself and my role in the company.

I encourage all honours students to apply for the L'Oréal scholarship; the application process alone is a worthwhile experience, but the opportunity to work in such a vibrant, challenging and supportive environment is one too good to pass up.

2008 L'Oréal Scholar

Joseph Lanham
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Joseph Lanham
The 2008 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Joseph Lanham

My time at L'Oréal has been invaluable in terms of both experience and understanding of marketing in the real world. Over my summer holidays I had the amazing opportunity to work on the introduction of a new brand into the New Zealand market. Not only was this a fun and exciting task, it also carried a great deal of responsibility. I worked on PR briefs, creating and managing a product launch, presentations to the sales team, pricing strategies and much more. The breadth and depth of the experience really blew me away.

Since starting full time at L'Oréal I’ve had two major roles. One of these was as an Area Manager for a period of five months. This involved managing and visiting clients around the central North Island. This allowed me to gain a full appreciation of the market dynamics that occur at the ground level and has given me greater insight into the marketing function. The second major role is that of an Assistant Product Manager. In this role I’m responsible for ordering stock from overseas, creating and implementing promotions, working with our Area Managers, online marketing and new product launches. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at L'Oréal so far and look forward to many more exciting endeavors with the company.

2007 L'Oréal Scholar

Kate Kemp
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Kate Kemp
The 2007 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Kate Kemp

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer at L’Oréal, and am very grateful for the amazing opportunity that it has given me. I spent my time with the Luxury Division, working on Lancôme, Ralph Lauren and Viktor & Rolf, just to name a few brands.

L’Oréal really helped me to understand what it is like to work in marketing. I think it is invaluable to gain some work experience and then go back to study, as it really helps you to understand and value what you are taught at university, and makes it easier to apply theory to real situations.

As a company, L’Oréal provides individuals with amazing opportunities to learn and grow, both professionally and personally. Working in a large international company is fast paced, interesting, challenging and exciting, and I would highly recommend the scholarship to all Honours students.

2006 L'Oréal Scholars

Katie Douglas
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Katie Douglas
The 2006 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Katie Douglas.

The chance to work at L’Oréal over summer was an opportunity I was very excited about. And I have to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. For the 10 weeks I was there, I got the chance to work with two well known brands, Maybelline New York and Garnier, and was involved in a whole range of projects.

From my very own project with Crème magazine, to helping manage a Sexy and Single Valentines Party, to completing a market research project, L’Oréal ensured that there was never a dull moment. The thing that surprised me the most would have to be the pace at which everything moves; it is not just the glitz and glamour that most would expect, but also a lot of hard work. Seeing how things work in the real world is definitely an eye opener!

However, the company culture at L’Oréal is fantastic, and with a fast but fun work environment and a great bunch of people, I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and it was an experience I am very grateful for. I look forward to rejoining the team as a graduate in January of 2008.

 

Chelsyee Metcalfe
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Chelsyee Metcalfe
The 2006 L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Chelsyee Metcalfe.

The L’Oréal scholarship offers not only amazing real life experience, and the chance to establish your career in an exciting industry, but also the chance to really focus your studies in your Marketing Honours year.  The summer internship exposed me to many aspects of marketing.  Working with L’Oréal Paris cosmetics I was able to help with product launches, communication design, forecasting and market research.  We were recently flown up to Auckland to work at the Girls Day Out, helping to manage the Garnier and Maybelline stands – an experience that has taught me a lot about the organization needed to run such large events smoothly.

Your summer internship offers you the chance to get to know leading people in the beauty industry, not only providing you with excellent references, but also the chance to be mentored by the best in the business.  After seeing how the industry works I am now far more inspired to continue with my Honours year.  I am not only more focused in what I want to do for my dissertation, but am also able to relate every class to how I might use the knowledge for my career at L’Oréal.  L’Oréal is extremely supportive of my studies, helping out both financially and emotionally.

2005 L'Oréal Scholar

Anita Jelley
BCom(Hons) - Marketing

Anita Jelley
The 2005 Inaugural L’Oréal Marketing Scholar:
Anita Jelley.

The winner of the 2005 inaugural L'Oréal Scholarship couldn’t be more suited to the award.

Anita Jelley’s passion lies in fashion marketing - an area L'Oréal is closely aligned with.

"I am just delighted to have the opportunity to work with L'Oréal. I’ve always been very focused on fashion and L’Oréal is right behind almost every fashion promotion in New Zealand," says Anita.

Anita travelled to Auckland to work in L'Oréal’s Penrose headquarters.

"It's always hard to get corporate backing for research like this so to have won the scholarship and have networks already established with L'Oréal is fantastic."

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