Recent Graduates & Current Students

Pursue your calling and make an impact

We know it’s 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.

  • The Leadership Development Program
  • The Sales Development Program
  • Internships
  • The Principal Leadership Conference

Take your leadership skills to the next level

Forward-thinking candidates can apply to participate in our rotational Leadership Development Program (LDP). This three-year program teaches our next generation of leaders the ins and outs of a global financial services company.

A select number of high-performing talent each year will benefit from:

  • Mentorships with senior managers
  • Participation in quarterly earnings call debriefs
  • Leadership skills assessments and development plans
  • Active engagement in learning projects with other LDP participants
  • Personal interaction with analysts, investors and Principal team members
  • Full-time pay and benefits

If you have demonstrated leadership skills, a proven track record of academic excellence and an appetite for challenge, the LDP may be a great fit for you.

Applications are accepted from July through September with interviews occurring in October. Create your profile to upload your resume.

Don’t just get a sales job. Build a sales career with a Fortune 500 company!

With our Sales Development Program (SDP), we help you find the right place on our team—and make a difference in millions of lives, every day.

We’ve design the SDP program with you in mind. You’ll get a professional training experience with the tools and resources to help you build a rewarding sales career. Add to that hands-on field experience and competitive salary with benefits, you’ll be able to learn the employee benefits industry without the pressures of a commissions based environment.

What else can you expect?

  • Mentorships with senior sales peers and sales leaders
  • Networking with successful SDP alumni
  • Selling skills training
  • Learning the business from a professional training team and the local sales team
  • Competitive full-time pay and benefits while training

If you are ready to start your rewarding sales career and enjoy a competitive, relationship-based role, the SDP may be a great fit for you. 

Check out our available SDP positions to find out which locations have openings and then apply. If you haven't created an account already, you will need to create your profile to complete the application and upload your resume. Applications are accepted from September through October with interviews occurring in November 

Opportunities for current students

As a leader in the financial services industry with a global reach and a focus on flexibility, Principal is the perfect place to begin your career.

Gain hands-on experience with a summer internship, or earn more in-depth training with a six- to nine-month extended internship in the specific field you’re interested in pursuing—all with a competitive hourly rate, a housing allowance and opportunities for scholarships.

Interns can also enjoy:

  • A collaborative, inclusive culture
  • Free parking during business hours
  • Fitness facilities/classes
  • Social, recreational and volunteer opportunities

Internship participants are placed in high-impact, high-profile roles designed to assess their full potential and help them develop professional and technical skills.

Search for internships or learn more about our programs designed specifically for IT interns and Actuarial interns.

Hear what a day in the life of an intern is like:

Principal Leadership Conference

Why should you attend?

  • Build relationships with industry and student leaders from across America
  • Get the inside scoop on what makes you a marketable intern and job candidate
  • Compete in a team-building, hands-on challenge
  • Win money to apply to your college tuition
  • Put yourself on the inside track for awesome internships

Applications are accepted in January and February of each year.

Be a part of something bigger

Search and apply for jobs, or manage your application online. 

Explore and develop your passions

Launch your career with action-packed internships and development programs with a company that has been recognized as an exceptional place to work. Learn more about our innovative IT and Actuarial programs.

Angela, intern in Corporate System Support-Enterprise Documents

“The fact that, as an intern, I am doing real work, was a real surprise—I am treated no different than a full-time employee. I am assigned work for actual projects, attend meetings and am respected and listened to when I have something to say. Principal treats their interns very well.”

Contact Human Resources

515-247-MYHR (6947) or 866-524-MYHR (6947)

I’ve realized how important it is to look into the values of each company. I like how Principal is willing to be flexible and encourages networking and development.

Katelyn

Financial Accounting Intern

Des Moines, IA

Principal is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify participant. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. View employment policies at Principal

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*Scholarship funds must be used towards educational expenses for the following academic year.