Growing up, Josh Metzman was into sports. He thought he’d pursue a career in sports marketing, and even completed internships with athletic brands and professional teams. When he was applying for summer internships his junior year, Josh came across the marketing internship at L’Oréal. While the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry was new to him, he decided to heed his family’s advice to try everything once and applied. He got the internship, received a full-time offer at the end of the summer, and following graduation, he is now in L’Oréal’s Management Development Program in New York City.
What made you want to come back to L’Oréal after your summer internship?
As an intern, my project was to create a 360 marketing plan for a new shampoo that L’Oréal Paris was launching. I knew nothing about haircare when I started the internship used the same shampoo for 12 years — but by the end of the summer, I had learned so much. I presented my plan to L’Oréal Paris’ senior executives, and they ended up implementing a lot of my ideas. By the time my internship was over, I knew I wanted to come back.
That sounds like a lot of responsibility for an intern!
It was — and I did this all before I was even a senior in college. Adulting wasn't really something on my radar. As interns, we were thrown into the deep end, but we had access to so many resources and L’Oréal mentors. If you work hard, network, and have an entrepreneurial mindset, you can succeed, and that’s what I did.
What excites you most about your future career?
That's a tough question. I think all the possibilities. At my orientation, our HR team brought in employee speakers from functions at L’Oréal that I didn’t even know existed. There are so many potential career paths — I have no set or exact path for myself right now.
That's one reason I like the rotational program I'm in because you can figure out your best fit by trying out different areas of the company. I already knew I loved marketing, but if I want something more analytical, I could try out the consumer insights team; if I want to learn more about the online, technical side of marketing, I can join a digital team. Once I figure out what I’m most passionate about, I can determine where I want to go next.
How does L’Oréal invest in their employees?
I think all the learning opportunities. There are so many programs and chances to learn. We have access to this free internal online training portal, My Learning and in-person training courses through General Assembly. I’ve never had so many resources at a job before. Being less than a year out of college, the opportunity to continue learning is definitely something I appreciate.
If you could give career advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I would tell myself to try everything. I've had upwards of six or seven internships through high school and college, some of them good, and some of them not so great. But for better or worse, I’ve learned something at every single one.
Some Interesting Facts About L’Oréal
- Celebrating its fourteenth year in the U.S., L'Oréal USA's For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants.
- L’Oreal was one of only two organizations nationwide to be chosen as a 2017 Green Power Partner of the Year which recognizes Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.
- L’Oréal USA is currently using 100% renewable electricity across its 21 U.S. manufacturing and distributions facilities.
- Adweek named L’Oréal the Hottest Digital Marketing Company in 2017 for creating digital efforts and platforms that aim to make beauty accessible and relatable.