Vancouver, BC, Canada*
Company size: ~19,000
Anticipated number of internship positions: 1-2

Opportunity for remote/virtual internship in 2021: no

About lululemon

Founded in 1998, lululemon brought the world of technical apparel to yoga, creating a new market and a hub for talented athletic designers, researchers, and athletes within North America. Today, lululemon is a vertically-integrated retailer developing product across multiple sports apparel categories, with in-house R&D facilities, raw material development, garment design and development, and distribution to stores globally. In 2012, Whitespace was formed to strengthen the innovation capabilities of lululemon and to drive its future growth. Now, in 2020, whitespace has grown to become a large multidisciplinary team of innovators, designers, scientists and engineers. Our research and development (R&D)-specific group contains deep technical expertise across diverse areas (10 PhDs and many Masters degrees).

As a market leader in high quality, highly comfortable, technical athletic apparel, lululemon and Whitespace have demonstrated expertise in material innovation. Through targeted biotechnology-focused investment, Whitespace is aiming to achieve technological breakthroughs that fuel the future of lululemon.

Internship Project Description

–This description represents a potential internship project and is subject to change.–

(Updated 10/28/2020)

The overarching objective of this role will be to support biomaterial research and development within lululemon, in order to bring these products to the lululemon guest.

With their technical expertise, but likely lack of industry experience, we envisage the intern supporting members of our organization in understanding the technical complexity of biotech-related innovations. The types of projects where this information will be applied will range from early-stage innovation to late-stage commercialization and market deployment. For example, the intern will support our interactions with established and potential biotech collaborators across academia and industry, whilst engaging with lululemon designers and developers in translating the challenges posed by biotech-related technologies to current processes (primarily focused on natural and synthetic fibres etc.)

In return, the successful intern will experience the challenges faced in engaging with more research- oriented and/or early start-up groups from the perspective of organisations such as lululemon, and in scaling such technologies for the masses. As such, it is envisaged that this intern position will likely appeal more to budding biotech entrepreneurs than the more lab bench-inclined graduates.


Please note: the intern selected for this position will be required to work with lululemon to attain a work permit for Canada.