Louis Vuitton careers, Dior internships…
From careers at Louis Vuitton to stints at Gucci, internships with luxury brands can prepare you for some of today’s best jobs – or at the very least, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not all the best things in life come for free, and not all luxury brands sell overpriced items to feed your snobbery or boost your status. There are good reasons why some luxury brands have lasted for centuries: truly quality products.
Think of generations-old Patek Philippe watches or Chanel bags that use only the best craftsmen. Interning with the people behind these iconic products gives you insight into this world that few can say they have.
This overview could be your entry point to future careers with Louis Vuitton or with any other of these brands listed below. The competition will always be fierce, but an internship could be just what you need to build the right relationships and get yourself in the running.
Here’s what to expect if you land a coveted internship with the top five luxury brands of 2022:
Expect exposure to various areas of a luxury retail environment. You can solve hospitality-related issues, help with inventory, replenish stock and deal with customers, among other things, according to a job posting for a Gucci retail internship in Mumbai. Also prepare to serve as a ‘Gucci Ambassador’ – this means ‘promoting the brand’s philosophy and values in all their interactions’.
Think you don’t look like the typical Gucci model? Worry less. Gucci launched Gucci Equilibrium to “generate positive change for people,” which includes awarding scholarships to people of color pursuing fashion and humanities studies.
Don’t be too forward thinking with your app too. Save it for your cover letter or portfolio, advises Eugenia Mirri, former talent acquisition specialist at Gucci. “If they are too creative, [they] Won’t do [be] understood. [Recruiters] will receive thousands of CVs and you have to enter the main information,” Mirri tells Business of Fashion. “Whether [you] have work experience, [that] information [should be] top, newest to oldest; the same with education.
“Whatever you do, for work or pleasure, do it with passion! Live with passion,” said Christian Dior. Dior offers internships – mainly in France – for positions in business development, digital content, product management and many more. You will need to meet certain conditions. For example, the Product Management internship requires being a business school student with significant experience in the world of fashion or luxury, proficiency in Microsoft Office and “perfectly written, read and spoken English”.
If the best things in life are free, the second best things are “very, very expensive”. You can get closer to them if you land one of the many internships offered by the French brand. They cover areas such as IT, media, sales, supply chain, business analytics, and more. A six-month media assistant internship in Dubai, for example, will require you to help with campaign planning and activation, social media and budgeting. Good communication skills in English and Arabic are mandatory.
The first step towards a Louis Vuitton career? An internship at “the donkey brand” (as it is nicknamed in China because the Chinese character for donkey reads “lv”). However, no farming skills are required. Instead, what he’s looking for are candidates who are “invested in their business,” as a former digital merchandising intern at Business of Fashion puts it.
“They need to know that you understand what they expect, what they are proud of; they want to know you’re serious, not just about an internship, but about an internship at their company.
The “creator, craftsman and merchant of high quality objects” offers internships in France (no surprise there) but also in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Italy. For the six-month digital intern position in Hong Kong, responsibilities include managing day-to-day e-commerce operations, researching competitor best practices, and day-to-day asset launches by online retailers. You will need to be in the second or third year of a computer science degree.