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Cosmetic Science Internship Programs

On a few occasions we’ve been asked here at Chemists Corner about whether we know of any internship programs in the cosmetic industry.

While many are not advertised, we searched our list of contacts and got the following leads. This is by no means all of the cosmetic science internships available but they were the ones we could find.

Cosmetic Manufacturers


Other options

To be sure, this list is not complete and there may be many unadvertised cosmetic science positions that you can get if you know the right person. The biggest companies often have the most positions available so investigate the top twenty beauty industry companies as they might have unadvertised opportunities.

Small, entrepreneurial companies also have intern positions available but they are much more difficult to find.

Finally, see this website about finding internships for some basic advice like writing resumes, writing cover letters, and how to interview.

Do you know of any cosmetic science internship opportunities that we didn’t mention? Leave a comment below.

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  • Tess 01/10/2016, 4:58 pm

    Hi, I’m interested in Cosmetic Chemistry, and I was wondering if I would be able to get a job or internship with a Bioengineering degree.

    • Perry Romanowski 01/12/2016, 12:53 pm

      Yes, you should be able to get an internship with that degree.

  • debasmita 01/04/2016, 9:08 am

    i m debasmita of msc 1st year want to do my summer training in a good cosmetic company can u please help me how can i get that and what are the formalities or eligibilities.

  • jojo 12/07/2015, 8:04 pm

    Hi ,
    I’m an undergrad psychology major and I wanna switch to cosmetic science, but my college doesn’t offer that, only pre-health and chemistry and biology. Which one is the best to switch to? And what kind of internships accept undergrad students with no experience in the area?

    • Perry Romanowski 12/15/2015, 6:16 pm

      Chemistry would be your best option. Biology is a second option.

  • Maggie 12/02/2015, 6:29 pm

    Hi I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry. I know there are schools out there to further my education; I’m just not sure where to look. I just need some advice on where to go after I graduate.

  • cosmetic chemist 11/21/2015, 6:42 pm

    Hi, I want to be a cosmetic chemist.

    What is minimum gpa in biochem to be cosmetic chemist?

    How does my gpa in biochem affect on being cosmetic chemist

    • Perry Romanowski 11/24/2015, 7:25 am

      GPA probably doesn’t matter much. The most important thing is the fact that you got the degree. I was a biochem major when I got into the cosmetic industry.

  • Trang 11/02/2015, 11:01 pm


    I’m a junior in Chemistry in a U.S college and I’m looking for an internship in cosmetic chemistry in the summer. However, I’m an international student and I am authorized to do summer internships but most of the big cosmetics company in the list above don’t accept international student because of the visa sponsorship issue for future job offerings. It’s really frustrating since the job market gets narrower for me. I wonder if you know any company that accepts international interns or companies that have accepted entry level international cosmetic chemist before. Thank you in advance!

    • Perry Romanowski 11/04/2015, 1:44 pm

      I’m pretty sure L’Oreal accepts international students.

  • abolee 08/06/2015, 9:06 pm

    hello,I am aboli chandrayan. I am from India. I have completed my bachelor in cosmetic technology. I have currently completed my final semester of master of cosmetic technology. I have been searching for internships in cosmetic companies in r&d. I hope that someone could suggest me something regarding internships in India. thanks

    • Perry Romanowski 08/10/2015, 5:11 pm

      Sorry, I do not know of any internships there. Maybe someone will see this and can help you.

  • Kate 02/10/2015, 3:41 pm

    Do you know of any companies with offices in San Francisco/ Bay Area that may have summer internships available?

    • Perry Romanowski 02/12/2015, 8:58 am

      Hello Kate – Sorry I’m not familiar with any in that area. You might check with the California Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

  • ahmad raza 10/05/2013, 6:19 pm

    hi,i am ahmad raza from pakistan,i did master in chemistry in 2005,i joined the cosmetics industry and my job was to maintain production and to do r & d work for formulations of hair colors,skin creams and shampoos,after four years i joined coca cola beverages as a chemist where i worked on water treatment,mineral water,beverages,haccp,food safety,waste water treatment,etc.now i want to do internship or job related to formulation development,for example i want to do work on combination of different waxes with different emulsifiers for stable emulsion,combinations of conditioners like polyquarts,vitamin -e,lanolin,silicon oil,etc,combinations of anti-oxidents like m.p.sodium,sodium benzoate,ascorbic acid,bht,etc.then using these emulsified combinations in primary formulations,,active ingredients like glycolic acid to remove dead cells of skins,medicated oral treatment products especially to improve cosmetic formulations for medicated uses instead of focusing only on make-up purpose,,,,,,,,,,,,,unfortunately in pakistan there is no such environment,,,is there anybody who can suggest me to find an internship abroad in field of cosmetics,,i am even ready to work as laboratory assistant or lab. technician with an r & d team,,,my aim is to learn about the practical aspects of this field and then to to improve my qualification,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks

  • helen 02/28/2013, 10:29 am

    hi, I’m a chemistry – industrial experience, university student. I was wondering if any of these internships are in the UK?

  • Erin 09/17/2012, 3:05 pm

    Hey, I’m a biochemistry major who is searching for internships for the summer. I tried to go through the list that you provided, but the only internships in R&D that I’ve been able to find for L’Oreal are for French-speaking people in France. Have you been able to find any in America?

    Also, I have not been able to find any internships with Avon at all, let alone R&D or Quality ones. Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks.

    • Perry 09/17/2012, 3:22 pm

      Hello Erin – Did you look at this blog post. Cosmetic internship programs.

      • Erin 09/17/2012, 3:25 pm

        Yes, which is why I have commented on it.

        • Perry 09/17/2012, 3:33 pm

          Right, sorry didn’t see that. Well, these are all the Internships of which I’m aware. However, you can also post your request in the forum. Perhaps someone there will have a suggestion for you.

          • Erin 09/17/2012, 4:00 pm

            I’m just not having luck finding internships for these companies, and I was hoping that you had some insight. Maybe there just aren’t any available anymore

          • Perry 09/17/2012, 4:02 pm

            It has been my experience that there aren’t many internships in the cosmetic industry. Mostly, they employ temporary workers. Your best bet is the big companies, P&G, L’Oreal, and Unilever. However, if you haven’t had any luck with them I don’t know what else to suggest. Except…go to your local SCC chapter and see if they have any companies that can help.

          • Erin 09/17/2012, 4:03 pm

            Okay, thank you.

  • LAN 01/19/2011, 6:50 pm

    All Naturals Cosmetics Inc (www.allnaturalscosmetics.ca) is moving to Barrie ON and looking for a chemist/compounder in a part-time position.
    Kindly let your canadian members know.
    There is also an opportunity for internship in the company as well.

  • ChemStudent 12/16/2010, 6:43 pm


    L’Oreal USA has a massive internship program and not just the UK. They have very competitive paid internships that include housing. They also have corporate game programs like Brandstorm and Innovation lab. I was an intern and it is the gateway into L’Oreal. They have internship programs in Clark NJ, NYC, Piscataway NJ, North Little Rock AK, Chicago.
    Here is the link to apply


  • Marla Bosworth 12/16/2010, 5:38 pm

    Another great site for internships is http://www.internqueen.com.

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