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Principal Infrastructure Engineer Internship (Summer 2022) in Des Moines, Iowa

Our Technology & Engineering internship program offers opportunities for 95+ interns and has a strong reputation with over 20 years of history. You’ll work on real projects collaborating 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 an Agile team environment. You'll be assigned a formal leader and mentor to help guide you through the program. This is an excellent opportunity to understand and learn more about Principal’s Technology Engineering culture!

As an Infrastructure Engineer intern, project involvement could include:

  • Assisting in managing our technology infrastructure, including voice and data connectivity, messaging, mobile and desktop devices, mainframe and distributed servers and storage

  • Collaborating with your scrum team to design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software and systems while also gaining cloud experience

  • Aiding in operations improvement, documenting and demonstrating solutions, and ensuring software is updated and secure

  • Developing maintainable and high quality software by integrating automation tests and following best practices as laid out by the team

What to expect from your internship?

We’re committed to providing you a great experience regardless of your preferred location. This past summer, we held our first ever hybrid based internship program – and had great success. Principal is committed to continuously enhancing capabilities to provide a highly collaborative hybrid work environment.

Our Internship Program offers many different ways to connect, network, and collaborate. Hear from Principal's senior-most leaders through our Executive Speaker Series and collaborate with interns across the company in cross-disciplinary teams during our annual IT Intern Code Jam. To learn more specific details about our Internship Program, what to expect, etc. click here.

  • Current enrollment - or has a degree - in a preferred science, technology, engineering, or math-related field of study

  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA

  • Involvement in student organizations on respective campus, within the community or prior internship experience

  • 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:

  • Technical experience with:

  • Java, .Net, Python

  • Network skills including VPN, WAN

  • Automation tooling

  • DevOps, Agile methodologies

  • Past IT internship or work experience

  • Leadership positions within student, work or community organizations


This internship can be located either at our corporate headquarters in Des Moines, IA, office in Charlotte, NC, or remote per your preference.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.) For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links. and

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: 2021-31698

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt