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 
  • 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). The LDP is a three-year program designed to offer customized rotations in multiple areas of the company to further development before committing to a path.

A select number of high-performing college graduates 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 April through August with interviews occurring during that timeframe as well. Create your profile to upload your resume. 

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 also have access to employee perks like:

  • Free parking during business hours
  • Fitness facilities/classes
  • Intramural sports team
  • Discounts at businesses in Des Moines

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

The Principal Leadership Conference

High-performing first-year college students have the opportunity to attend a two-day conference in Des Moines.

If you are selected to attend you will:

  • Be entered to win a scholarship*
  • Get an inside look at one of the largest corporations in Iowa
  • Learn tips to become a more marketable job candidate
  • Network with recruiters and hiring leaders at Principal
  • Participate in a mentoring program
  • Build your network with other student leaders

Applications are accepted in January and February of each year.

Ready to work here?

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Explore and develop your IT passion

Launch your IT career with an action-packed internship with a company that was named to ComputerWorld’s 100 Best Places To Work in IT — 13 years in a row.

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 Principal 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.


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, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you live in or are applying for work in NJ, view and print information about your rights (PDF).

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