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Interns & Recent Graduates Profiles

No sitting around making copies or working in a back-office environment. You'll work with real clients doing real work. While on the job you'll understand first-hand what a career The Principal is like as you get a feel for what you would do if you worked full-time with our organization.


Our Interns


Conor—Retirement Investors Services

Major: Computer Science, Computer Information Systems

My first impression was that The Principal was so huge and so complex I'd never be able to figure it out but I was surprised by how you still feel like you're working for a small company even though there are thousands of employees working in the corporate offices.

I've had the chance to serve in a bunch of different roles on my team; I've done database work, front-end work, back-end work, update applications, made enhancements, built new apps from scratch, server work—you name it, I've probably gotten a chance to do it.

I found out that always having a challenge and getting to experience different things is important to me.


Christina—Principal International

Major: Management Information Systems

My first internship I was just out of my freshman year of college and had randomly chosen MIS as a major. Every summer at The Principal has confirmed that I chose the right major, and that IT is really fun. But it's also expanded my knowledge of the various disciplines within IT. I found out that I really like User Experience (UX), which I didn't even know existed before coming to The Principal. That and the Code Jam encouraged me to take a web development class last semester. The VIP program is the perfect way to explore and develop career aspirations!

All three of my internship experiences have caused me to love The Principal more—their vision to continue welcoming innovation, expanding the incredible intern program, and providing growth opportunities to employees and customers.

I fall in love with The Principal more and more each summer I come back!


Katelyn—Principal Global Investors

Major: Accounting/Finance

My team has been absolutely fantastic to work with. My leader walked me through how we ran reports and why we were obtaining the information so that I gained background information while learning. He has given me a significant amount of responsibility and trust to make my own recommendations and decisions based off the analysis I've run.

I was concerned that I would be kept to very specific tasks but have been able to try different areas and different positions throughout my time here with job shadows and overview sessions of other departments and units.

I was pushed to work in a position I knew nothing about and had to somewhat brave the unknown but am so glad that I did. Through this experience I have been shown an aspect of the business world I did not know existed, and I love it!


Tanner—Principal Global Investors

Major: Real Estate & Finance

The thing that has surprised me the most has been the access to senior leaders. I have had the opportunity to speak with people ranging from Larry Zimpleman, chairman and CEO to Pat Halter, president of Principal Real Estate Investors.

The greatest thing about an internship at The Principal is that you're surrounded by a lot of other interns who quickly become not just your coworkers but lifelong friends. If I hadn't interned here at The Principal, I wouldn't have had the chance to meet countless other students from across the country. There's a sense of community, everyone knows each other and everyone loves coming to work each day. It is a very fun environment to work in because it's fast paced and challenging yet everyone still is so friendly and welcoming.

I have discovered that I would like to return to The Principal after graduation. Before I interned here, I wasn't sure what company I was interested in let alone what career I wanted to pursue. It has become very clear to me that this is a great company and that there are endless opportunities for growth.

I was pushed to work in a position I knew nothing about and had to somewhat brave the unknown but am so glad that I did. Through this experience I have been shown an aspect of the business world I did not know existed, and I love it!

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