Article by: Perry Romanowski

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.



  1. Hemanth

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  2. Virginia

    Hi Perry,

    I have my Bachelors of Science in Business but I want to transition into becoming a Cosmetic Chemist. How do I go about doing so?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      If you want to become a cosmetic chemist you are going to need to get a degree in Chemistry. This would likely require more schooling. You could try to get into a masters program like something through the University of Cincinnati or Fairleigh Dickenson but I’m not sure of their requirements. Once you get your degree then you can start applying for jobs in the industry. However, with a business degree and some background training like our Practical Cosmetic Formulating course ( you could get a job as a raw material sales person in the industry, learn about the industry and then transition to becoming a cosmetic chemist once you’ve set up an industry network.

  3. d

    Hi, I have done a degree in pharmacy. Would I be able to transfer into a cosmetic science role with this degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. Many people in the cosmetic industry got degrees in pharmacy.

  4. Maggie

    Does anyone know of any websites to find cosmetic/beauty startups that would need chemistry interns? You mentioned they exist but are harder to find… so where would I find those if I were interested? Thanks!!

  5. Maggie

    Does anyone know of any websites to find cosmetic/beauty startups that would need chemistry interns? You mentioned they exist but are harder to find… so where would I find those if I were interested? Thanks!!

  6. Jenna Oswald

    I’m already doing research with sunscreen formulation at my university but my major is physics. Should I change my major to physical chemistry to work as a cosmetic formulation chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      If you want to be a cosmetic chemist, getting a degree in chemistry is the most useful.

  7. Abbey

    Hello, This is abbey. I am holding B.Tech degree in cosmetics.I passed in 2001.I have few years experience. Unfortunately I discontinued working. Now I want to restart my career in the same. Do you have any suggestions? Appreciate your advice on this.Thank you .

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our career section for advice.

  8. Michelle Han

    I was wondering if a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences would be a suitable degree to get into the Cosmetic Chemistry industry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you probably can find a job in the cosmetic industry with that degree.

  9. Lan Nguyen

    You said that GPA isnt important. So what should i do to improve my CV? To have more advantages over my peers? Because there is a huge number of students majoring in chemistry, chemiscal eng, bio, …..all over the world (and in my case that i am vietnamese studying in korea and would like to work in U.S, i need a really inpressive CV).
    Thank you for your sharing

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Well, a good GPA is helpful but it would be more beneficial if you study up on the industry and take a course like our Practical Cosmetic Formulating course ( That will give you a knowledge advantage over other applicants.

  10. Tess

    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.

    1. Perry Romanowski

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

  11. debasmita

    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.

  12. jojo

    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?

    1. Perry Romanowski

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

  13. Maggie

    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.

  14. cosmetic chemist

    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

    1. Perry Romanowski

      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.

      1. maria

        Hi, Perry I’m a Biochemistry student in the final year and I would like to ask you about what kind of master degree do you think I should be looking for, to then go into the cosmetic industry research. Thank you

        1. Perry Romanowski

          You don’t necessarily need a masters degree to get into the cosmetic industry. However, if you are interested the University of Cincinnati has a great cosmetic science masters program.

  15. Trang


    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!

    1. Perry Romanowski

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

  16. abolee

    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

    1. Perry Romanowski

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

  17. Kate

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

    1. Perry Romanowski

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

  18. ahmad raza

    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, 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

  19. helen

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

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  21. Erin

    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.

      1. Erin

        Yes, which is why I have commented on it.

        1. Perry

          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.

          1. Erin

            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

          2. Perry

            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.

          3. Erin

            Okay, thank you.

  22. LAN

    All Naturals Cosmetics Inc ( 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.

  23. ChemStudent


    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

    1. Bettina Bacsó


      I would like to sign for an internship at L’oréal too as they receive university students from abroad. Can you send me an active link where I can contact them about this?
      This link is not working and I’m also focusing on the companies in France.

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