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Principal Software Engineer Internship (Summer 2021) in Des Moines, Iowa

What to expect from your internship?

We’re committed to providing you a great experience. This past summer, we held our first ever virtual based internship program – and had great success. We’re continuing to create plans to provide you the best experience and will share updates regarding the location throughout the interview process.


Internship location will be either onsite in Des Moines, IA or virtually from your location selection.

Our IT internship program offers opportunities for 85+ IT interns and has a strong reputation with over 20 years of history. You’ll work on real projects with a 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. This is an excellent opportunity to understand and learn more about Principal’s IT Engineering culture!

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Principal's Software Engineer interns solve problems by gathering user requirements, defining systems functionalities, and developing testable code in various languages. You will aid in improving operations, documenting and demonstrating solutions, and ensuring software is updated and secure. You will learn how to design and develop software and systems that meet user needs and comply with project and industry standards.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment or has a degree in an accredited program of study

  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA

  • Involvement in your community

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • A passion for technology which includes:

  • Technical curiosity

  • Ability to think critically and solution for technology-based problems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment or has a degree in an accredited program of study related to IT, engineering, or other correlated areas (ex: computer science, MIS, engineering, etc.)

  • Programming experience in any of these languages – Java, .Net, etc.

  • Leadership positions within student, work or community organizations

  • Past IT internship or work experience

Interview Details:

What’s next? Innovation at its finest.

We’ll review your application and if you’re selected for an interview, you’ll receive an invite for an On-Demand Video interview. Haven’t done that before, don’t worry. We’ve got all the tips and tricks available to help you be successful. With an On-Demand Video Interview, you can add your own flair and personality – at your pace.

Be sure to check your email frequently. We’ll communicate our decisions through the email address used on your online profile. If you receive an email from Principal Talent Team, you’ve been selected to begin your video interview and have a set time to submit once you log in.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not able to consider candidates needing sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.) However, we’d hope you continue to keep us in mind for other potential opportunities in the future.

Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of 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.

Need assistance? Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Human Resources at (515) 247.MYHR (6947) or at 1.866.524.MYHR (6947).

Investment Code of Ethics

For positions with Principal Global Investors, you will be required to follow a Code of Ethics which covers a number of obligations 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

Requisition ID: 2020-28472

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt