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Estee Lauder Companies, Corporate Innovation
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Stephanie Metzger

Paterno Fellow
Major: Spanish and World Language Education
Minor: ESL Certificate and International Relations
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Chapel Executive Intern

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I heard about the opportunity to participate in the Estee Lauder Company Internship Program through a family friend.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I spent 10 weeks interning for the Estee Lauder Companies under the Corporate Innovation department. Every project I worked on allowed me to work with different people, research areas of the beauty business, learn from professionals in a variety of departments, and develop my professional skills. As an intern, I was able to meet and learn from leaders of the company including Leonard Lauder, William Lauder, John Demsey, and Fabrizio Freda. The very highest people in the company wanted to take the time to get to know us and impart advice about the company and the beauty business world. It was incredible to sit next to, ask questions, and talk with some of the most successful people in the company that I worked for this summer.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My liberal arts education gave me an edge because I was able to bring a new perspective to the company compared to other interns who were either business or marketing majors. I was able to apply what I had been learning academically throughout my time working at Estee. For example, one of the biggest projects I ended up working on had a strong basis in linguistics. Additionally, I was able to use my Spanish major and talk to multiple different people in segments of the company doing research on Latino consumers and different marketing tactics for Spanish speaking consumers. Furthermore, there were so many things that I learned that could never be taught in a classroom such as how to act in corporate culture, what to wear, and the expectations of interacting within a hierarchy.

"This internship has shown me all of the opportunities that my Spanish degree can bring in helping me stand out."

What are your career goals or plans? How did this experience impact them?

I always planned on starting my teaching career right after graduating. Now I can really envision myself working in a corporate environment after graduating, hopefully to return as a better teacher. Understanding and working in the corporate world will help me better help my future students, as I know many of them will want to pursue a business or corporate related career. Before, I hadn't considered  that I would be able to successfully work for a company as something other than a translator. This internship has shown me all of the opportunities that my Spanish degree can bring in helping me stand out. I can bring new perspectives to certain areas of the business world.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students? If yes, why?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other liberal arts students. The Estee Lauder Companies puts a ton of time and effort into developing their interns and strongly considers us for future jobs within their company. I learned an incredible amount while working there, and it provides you the opportunity to see all the different ways you can work within their company. I was able to go around to multiple departments and brands and talk with anyone about their day-to-day work. Everyone is so willing to help the interns learn and grow, that it makes for a great learning experience -- you just have to make sure to try to absorb it all, 10 weeks fly by!

Stephanie was selected as a 2014 Chapel Executive Intern. If you are participating in a full-time internship in business or the private sector, consider applying for the Chapel Executive Internship Program. If selected, you would receive $5,000 in enrichment funds to support your internship!

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