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Principal Remote Knowledge Engineer Internship (Jan-May 2021) in Des Moines, Iowa

See your future. And make it real.

Starting your career on the right track is important. That’s why we offer you a hands-on internship program full of focused activities and opportunities to gain experience, make connections, and learn the business from the inside out.

Whether your internship is virtual or onsite, here’s what you can expect:

  • Work alongside experienced professionals

  • Gain career direction to help you achieve your professional and personal goals

  • Contribute to work that helps more people and businesses around the world save enough, have enough and protect enough

  • Explore new perspectives in an inclusive, welcoming culture

What you'll do:

In this role, you will guide domain model and taxonomy development for content objects and related entities in the ecosystem and recommend and help solution for Principal and related businesses. You are required to formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation or other managerial functions.

You’ll play a crucial role in leading world class financial solutions, logistics and distribution capacity planning and diagnostics, network design, flow modeling and operations research on regional and global levels. You’ll help drive decisions that optimize total cost, lead time on strategic and tactical, and more opportunistic levels. You will present compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business.


  • Partner to understand information needs

  • Contribute to our meta knowledge strategy for all content types, models and pipelines

  • Partner with data science teams to ensure their content conforms to standards and that content pipelines can be substantially automated

  • Transform data to meet user experience requirements

  • Work with data to align content and data science models

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Current enrollment or has a BS, MS, PhD degree in an Engineering and or Information Sciences related field, with a preference towards a PhD

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA

  • Experience as a working ontologist or knowledge engineer

  • Strong influencing skills to lead alignment and adoption on process and methods

  • Good communication skills

  • People skills that will build bridges

  • Creativity in defining challenging exploratory projects and developing solutions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical proficiency with standards-based knowledge engineering tools (ie. OWL SQL, SPARQL, SHACL, RDF)

  • Experience designing successful information architectures for large-scale systems

  • Experience developing ontologies and taxonomies for different knowledge domains

  • Experience in design thinking and the impacts this can have on user experience

  • Experience developing data transformations and projections


This will be a remote internship.

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees – individually and all of us together. Explore our core values, benefits and why we’re an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Requisition ID: 2020-28438

Enterprise Segment: PGI

Business Area: PGI Other

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt