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Student Spotlight: Maggie Blackwood's Internship with Esteé Lauder

An Interview discussing Senior Maggie Blackwood's summer internship with the luxury cosmetic company

View of NYC from the company headquarters.

View of NYC from the company headquarters.

Paid: Yes

City: New York City

Position in Company: presidential associate internship program- Product development specifically for Clinique

Maggie Blackwood


Marketing & OPIM Major

President of Georgetown advertising and marketing association (GAMA)

Chatham New Jersey


What were some of the things that you did at your internship and what did you like most about it?

I like the people I worked with the best because I was placed with three managers who were really great. Two were executive directors and one was the vice president. One primarily worked in Japan and focused on the Asian consumer so I got to see an entirely different market and have a global perspective on that. Another focused on make up in America so I was able to see and work on many products that I would be using and would come out within the next few years. Because of working in product development, I wasn’t able to tell people about these products, so I was their go-to person to ask if millennials would like the products. With my vice president, I would help her make the many presentations she had to do. In the last week, I helped deliver a presentation to the lab, to show the chemists the new beauty trends. I also compiled a newsletter of competitors’ products that were new to market. This allowed our team to stay up-to-date on the latest products. Because of working with the VP, I was able to show the senior vice president all my projects that I was working on, which was a great experience.

What did you think was the most challenging part about this internship?

I think the most challenging was that I had no background in product development. I came in thinking that my position was branding, which I was exposed to because of my major. But I was actually thrown into a completely different role and I had to adapt to this new environment. I learned all of the many aspects that go into creating the products, so it was fun to see that side of the company.

What do you think was the most valuable thing you got out of this internship?

 The most valuable thing I learned is that people who are passionate behind the company really make the difference. All the people I worked with were really smart and confident in the ways they conducted business. I was surrounded by a lot of powerful women who took a stance and made sure their opinions were heard which was really inspiring and empowering to see.

Do you have any advice for people that are applying for an internship with Esteé Lauder?

Make sure you have internship experience because they require that you have two internships previous. For me -It can be something you do on campus- so I was a college ambassador for a clothing brand and I also had an internship this summer before. Whether you’re a brand ambassador or working for a college internship, just have something you can talk about. Preferably the experience is marketing related because this internship is more targeted towards marketing people. And then I’d say really be yourself and do your homework. The reason I got my position was because the interviewer told me that she was really impressed by my knowledge about the Esteé Lauder Companies. Slip in knowledge about the companies- really do your homework before the interview.

Do you see yourself as someone that’s very knowledgeable and interested with the luxury retail world? If not, do you think that may have affected your experience with this internship?

Coming into college, I didn’t think I would be interested in the luxury retail sector but when I was looking into this internship, I realized that it was a really interesting opportunity and once in a lifetime internship. After I researched it, I realized it was something I really wanted. I don’t know if I'm going to go more into the luxury industry – I really like marketing strategy analytics so I'm going to see where that path takes me, but I learned a lot this summer and I loved the opportunity of being exposed to this world.

On the scale of 1-10, what would you rate this internship

I would give it a 10. I really loved it!


all photos courtesy of Maggie Blackwood