IT Internship Program (Summer 2018) - #220848 more...
Location:Des Moines, IA
Company:Principal Financial
First posted:September 25, 2017

Job Area: IT
Business Area: Information Services
Location: IA - Des Moines
Career Category: Intern
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Date Posted: 2017-08-31

Pursue your calling and make an impact.

We know its important to get off to a great start with your career. Principal offers multiple opportunities to gain experience, make connections, and provide fast-tracked opportunities to learn our business from the inside out. This is your opportunity to work for a global, innovative, technology-driven company with a mission to help people live their best lives.

Our IT internship program offers opportunities for 85+ interns and has a strong reputation with over 20 years of history. Youll work on real projects with range of team members, including other interns through senior level management. We'll place you in a role customized to your expertise and interests, all while working in a collaborative Agile team environment.


Youre not just looking for an internship.

We hear you. Thats why working with us isnt just about skill sets and job responsibilities. We care about offering you diverse experiences, rewarding challenges, and global opportunities that push you to reach for bigger life goals.


The Internship Experience

Principal will host over 200 interns across various business units and teams. You will meet with senior executives, gain career direction, and contribute to work that helps our customers live their best lives - all at a Fortune 500 company who invests in your personal and professional development.

As an IT intern, your action-packed internship includes a four day, non-stop Code Jam (#PFGCodeJam) where youll receive creative liberty to generate a technical solution to a real business need. Code Jam fosters a highly collaborative work environment while you put your problem-solving skills to work.


Did we mention youll have plenty of time to explore Des Moines?

Principal is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the Midwests best-kept secret. Youll get a chance to network at social events and volunteer in the community with peers and team members. From its miles of trails and lakes, local wineries and breweries, to world-class music, theater and a thriving foodie scene, Des Moines offers big-city perks with small-town charm.

Worried about relocating to Des Moines? Don't worry, we offer housing assistance to those who are eligible.


We plan to offer the following opportunities (non-software engineering) for Summer 2018.

  • Data Engineers: Design, build, and manage information or "big data" infrastructure. They develop the architecture that helps analyze and process data in the way the organization needs it. They also make sure related systems are performing smoothly.
  • Technology Infrastructure: Assists in managing our technology infrastructure, including voice and data connectivity, messaging, collaboration, mobile and desktop devices, mainframe and distributed servers and storage. The backbone of our IT organization!
  • Information Security/Risk Management: Serves as the first line of defense against cyber attacks by monitoring and analyzing potential threats to Principals network. Work includes monitoring network traffic, malware investigation and assisting with implementing new technologies.
  • UI/UX Designer: Passionately interested in our customers and strive to learn everything we can about their behaviors, attitudes, and emotions to help define the digital experiences we create. Work includes human-centered research methods, iterative prototyping, interaction design, and usability testing. HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills are preferred along with interaction design skills, working knowledge of adobe suites and other wireframing tools like Balsamiq. 

If you are interested in IT internship opportunities in software engineering, please apply to our Software Engineering Internship (Summer 2018) posting, #220847.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited program of study, including: software engineering, computer science, MIS, computer engineering, or related programs
  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA
  • Involvement in student organizations on campus or in the community
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • A passion for technology and solving problems

Preferred Qualification:

  •  Intermediate Level Programming Skills (Java, .Net, COBOL, etc.)
  •  Leadership positions or initiative within student organizations or within the community

Applications will be open from late August- February! The earlier you apply, the better! We will be actively filling positions throughout the posting timeframe.

Visa Sponsorship

This position is intended to groom potential applicants for full-time roles at  Principal. These positions are not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization, therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time.  Due to the fact student visas (J1, F1, etc...) are time-limited, we regret we cannot consider candidates on student visas.




Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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