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Intern - Strategy Analyst, Store Operations

Bolingbrook, IL, USA
1000 Remington Blvd


Ulta Beauty (“Ulta”) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services.  Since opening its first store 28 years ago, The Company has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™.  Ulta offers more than 20,000 products from more than 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points.  Ulta also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, makeup and brow services.  Ulta is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading ULTAmate Rewards loyalty program, which boasts over 30 million members.


Our internship program is designed to provide real-world experience that is directly related to your academic discipline and career goals and provide you a better understanding of career options for your degree.  Components of the program include:

  • Hands-on experience working as a member of a specific department and team.
  • Assigned projects to accelerate learning of key functions/process.
  • Cross-functional departmental exposures within the corporate office.
  • Tours and exposure to other business areas (e.g., stores, distribution center) to ensure full understanding of the company structure and strategy.
  • End of program presentation of project findings, and recommended course of action to executives. 


  • The Store Operations intern will be responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive business case for a new initiative as part of the strategic roadmap. This would include conducting market and competitive research, working with cross-functional teams to align with enterprise strategies, and analyzing the business benefits and risks. This position will also support the Store Operations strategy team in research on the future of work and Associate enablement / empowerment to inform ongoing and future initiatives.


    As part of the Ulta Beauty intern program, the intern will attend development and networking events to learn more about the business as a whole and grow professionally. The intern will work with a variety of members in Store Operations and across the business.


    The intern will report to the Strategy Manager as part of the Store Operations Strategy Team.


    PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (*Essential Functions)         


  • Review current Store Operations strategic roadmap to understand direction and opportunities for new initiatives
  • Research retail and beauty innovations and trends that are relevant to Ulta Beauty and Store Operations
  • Deliver a recommendation, based on industry research and trends, of new initiatives that Store Operations should pursue to enhance the in-store guest experience and drive personalization
  • Build a business case for one of the proposed initiatives that details business benefits, risks, and next steps to implementation
  • Collaborate with strategy team, communications, digital innovation, finance and other departments on cross-departmental projects



  • Currently pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and entering final year of school.  Would not exclude recent graduates from 2019.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Previous work experience and involvement with on-campus organizations or activities.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and time management skills.
  • Desire to work in a fast paced environment and interact with management level personnel.
  • Ability to work in our Bolingbrook office during core business hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. 
  • Ability to commit during the months of June – August 2019.

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