Build skills and relationships for your future.
There’s nothing like gaining real-world experience to help you decide where to take your career. Our internship program lets you do just that. It offers focused activities and opportunities to help you grow your skills, build lasting relationships, and explore both your personal and career aspirations. We offer a flexible approach to our start and end dates that meet the needs of students’ academic commitments.
Opportunities that align with academic calendars
Our internship opportunities mirror our full-time career opportunities. Most are hosted during the summer months between the spring and fall academic semesters (generally 10 to 12 weeks). However, some opportunities span the summer period and an academic semester in an extended co-op format (generally six to seven months).
All internship requisitions will indicate the timeframe required of interns and the work format expectations (onsite in a hybrid format or remote).
Gain real-world work experience that puts your accounting knowledge and skills to work.
Learn and apply your skills in a business setting to provide usable solutions for our day-to-day operations. Learn from and work with experienced accountants. Gain experience with a variety of tech tools while doing meaningful and challenging work. Join small-group meetings with financial controllers and chief accounting officers from each business area. Attend social and professional networking events. Focus on developing skills that align with evolving business needs in a program with a history of offering full-time jobs. What we’re looking for Six+ hours of completed accounting coursework for extended internships or 12+ hours for summer internships Ability to solve problems using technology, such as Excel, query language (SQL, SAS), and Power BI Effective communication skills and demonstrated leadership within your community, school organizations, and/or work experience
Gain real-world work experience that puts your actuarial knowledge and skills to work.
Apply your passion and technical skills so more people and businesses have greater access to financial security. And present results to actuarial leadership. Learn from and work with credentialed actuaries. Take on meaningful and challenging work at a company that values authenticity and encourages curiosity. Participate in small group meetings with senior actuarial leadership. Participate in our actuarial code jam—a multi-day, team-based project where you’ll work with other interns to develop solutions to actuarial business problems outside of your assigned area. Attend social and professional networking events. What we’re looking for Ability to pass actuarial exams and a commitment to pursue an FSA with the Society of Actuaries Knowledge of actuarial mathematics, including probability, statistics, numerical analysis, and compound interest Effective communication skills and an eagerness to develop leadership talents
Gain real-world work experience that puts your data and analytics knowledge and skills to work. This is an excellent opportunity to understand and learn more about our growing analytics community.
Actively collaborate with stakeholders, leadership, and IT to research, analyze, and deliver data solutions. Mine data sources and make that data easy to interpret through visuals and other consumable formats. Participate in project teams to develop and maintain processes and work with in-time or scheduled metrics and reporting. Apply a variety of statistical techniques to business problems in order to generate insights. We’ll place you in a role customized to your expertise and interests, where you’ll work in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment. You’ll be assigned a formal leader and mentor to help guide you through the program. What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree in data, statistics, mathematics, or related field The curiosity and desire to dig to find answers within data Strong storytelling abilities to translate data into insights for business partners or less technical audiences Desire to explore new data techniques, languages, and data sources
Gain real-world work experience that puts your financial analytics knowledge and skills to work.
Develop and apply your quantitative, critical reasoning, and communication skills in a business setting and present results to finance leadership. Learn from and work alongside an experienced team of finance professionals. Help drive business results with meaningful and challenging work. Meet with chief financial officers from each business area. Participate in social and professional networking events. Gain the inside track to a potential full-time career in finance at Principal. What we’re looking for Strong academic performance including six or more hours of finance coursework completed by the start of the internship Ability to solve financial problems using data analysis tools such as Excel and Power BI Effective communication skills and demonstrated leadership within your community, school organizations, and/or work experience
Gain real-world work experience that puts your sales knowledge and skills to work.
Provide sales support through phone interaction with a variety of advisors and brokerage offices. Assist in prospecting new sources of business while learning how to utilize Salesforce, our client relationship management tool. Partner with and shadow sales teams in every U.S. territory, gaining valuable experience and networking opportunities. Perform basic reporting tasks related to sales performance. Assist with special projects as assigned. Actively contribute to a fun and creative team culture embracing new ideas every day. What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree Involvement in extracurricular activities and/or involvement within the community Interest in a career in sales Ability to build positive relationships with internal and external partners Strong written and verbal communication skills
Gain real-world work experience that puts your commercial real estate knowledge and skills to work.
Commercial real estate is a dynamic business with several investment sectors, each requiring area-specific disciplines and unique opportunities.
These investment sectors include:
Acquisitions and dispositions Asset management Dedicated private equity investment team Commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) Commercial mortgage servicing Private debt origination Marketing Portfolio management What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree in a field related to real estate, finance, accounting, or economics Exposure to commercial real estate concepts through intermediate level class work, student organization involvement, or internship/employment experiences Effective communication skills and demonstrated leadership within your community, school organizations, and/or work experience Intermediate to advanced Excel skills
Gain real-world work experience that puts your technology knowledge and skills to work.
Our technology teams offer you choices. You can work in more centralized areas or closely with business partners. With this flexibility, you can meet your professional and personal goals.
Our learning culture helps you take your passion for technology and engineering to new places. You’ll actively engage with others optimizing solutions to meet ever-changing needs and help create a business advantage. All of these experiences allow you to find your path and build your technology career, your way. What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree in a preferred science, technology, engineering, or math-related field of study Demonstrated leadership within your community, school organizations, and/or work experience Exceptional communication and organizational skills Strong work ethic A passion for technology, including technical curiosity and the ability to think critically and solve for technology-based problems
Gain real-world work experience that puts your investment operations knowledge and skills to work.
Our immersive investment operations internship opportunities span six to nine months of full-time work.
Interact with investment management and operations teams, as well as our global staff. Gain diversified experience with one or more asset classes—including global fixed income, global equity, and real estate—via our unique, multi-boutique structure. Learn and apply technical skills in a business setting. Take advantage of career-building networking opportunities. What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree in finance, accounting, economics, data analytics, business analytics, or related majors Excellent problem solving, analytical, organizational, and communication skills Ability to work in fast-paced environment Intellectual curiosity Exposure to data analysis and/or investment concepts through intermediate level coursework, community involvement, and/or internship/employment experiences
Gain real-world work experience that puts your equities knowledge and skills to work.
Support our analyst research and portfolio management teams. Gain exposure to both the day-to-day management of our funds as well as research. This includes working closely with experienced analysts to generate ideas and aid in construction of outperforming strategies. Help manage cash, trade execution, operations, and client facing responsibilities in support of our funds. This includes working closely with senior portfolio management associates, operations, trading, and compliance. This time-sensitive work helps develop an understanding of the day-to-day workflow of a large equity mandate. What we’re looking for Currently pursuing or recently completed undergraduate or graduate level degree in a preferred finance, security analysis, math, statistics, economics, accounting, or an equivalent emphasis Strong knowledge of investments combined with excellent mathematical skills Advanced PC skills and proficiency with Excel Demonstrated leadership within your community, school organizations, and/or work experience
We have many internships in the areas listed above, but time-to-time we have unique intern roles pop up. Some examples include legal, strategy, marketing, and communications. Keep your eye on the job board for these opportunities.
All requisitions will include descriptions of qualifications and general responsibilities.
Beyond valuable access, experience, and connections, the Principal internship program offers benefits to support every team member.
- Market competitive pay
- Incidental expense stipend and/or arranged housing
- Access to company leaders in a variety of settings
- Free downtown parking and DART bus pass
- Life-work balance and flexibility mirroring full-time counterparts
- Robust intern programming, including events focused on personal and professional development topics
Hear from former interns
“Though my internships were fully remote, I worked with such welcoming people who were always there to answer my questions, teach me so much about the field, and help me network to make so many great connections.”
Taylor Promes Intern turned associate accountant
“The main differentiator for Principal internships is you’ll always be doing real work that directly plays a part in advancing relevant company projects.”
Allison TorrenceIntern turned actuarial assistant
“I wasn’t treated like an intern—I had real work on my plate to deliver. Still, the expectations are that you’re here to learn and gain an invaluable experience.”
Dennis McMeekanIntern turned software engineer
“My internship was a perfect steppingstone for a full-time position. I was exposed to the company in a way that got me excited to work here, I was given valuable opportunities to develop professionally, and I got to network with a variety of high-level leaders.”
Zachary DygertIntern turned data scientist
Yes, all Principal internships are paid positions. Principal also provides a lump-sum stipend benefit for all interns to assist with incidental expenses they may incur as part of their internship experience. We evaluate the early career market annually to ensure our pay and benefits components are competitive
Each year, we try to post and advertise our internship opportunities by mid to late August, in line with many universities’ fall academic semester start dates. While these postings remain live until we effectively fill our headcount needs for each position, we do advocate for individuals to apply sooner rather than later to avoid missing out. All internship opportunities are available on our general careers site.
Yes, prospective applicants should feel empowered to apply to all requisitions they feel align with their career track desires, skill sets, and qualifications. We offer many internship opportunities across our enterprise that have similar emphases, so many may appeal to a single student.
Yes, our internship opportunities currently mirror the same flexibility as their full-time counterparts. This provides opportunities to work remote or hybrid. All internship opportunity requisitions will specify at time of application.
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