Principal Financial Group Investments Intern (Data Quality & Governance) - Summer 2018 (only available to Women in Asset Management Conference attendees) - #220721 in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Area: InvestmentsBusiness Area: PGI OtherLocation: IA - Des MoinesCareer Category: InternFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: TemporaryDate Posted: 2017-07-17

This internship opportunity is exclusively available to Principal Women in Asset Management Conference Attendees.

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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.

You’re not just looking for an internship.

We hear you. That’s why working with us isn’t just about skill sets and job responsibilities. We care about offering you diverse experiences, rewarding challenges, and global opportunities that push you to reach for bigger life goals.

The Internship Experience

Principal will host 200 interns across various business units and teams. You will meet with senior executives, gain career direction, and contribute to work that helps our customers live their best lives - all at a Fortune 500 company who invests in your personal and professional development.

Did we mention you’ll have plenty of time to explore Des Moines?

Principal is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the Midwest’s best-kept secret. You’ll get a chance to network at social events and volunteer in the community with peers and team members. From its miles of trails and lakes, local wineries and breweries, to world-class music, theater and a thriving foodie scene, Des Moines offers big-city perks with small-town charm.

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Principal Global Investors (PGI) will host an undergrad intern in Data Governance Program during the Summer of 2018.The Data Governance mission is to support Principal Global Investor’s top tier asset manager status by leveraging modern, flexible platforms that can easily accommodate real time data flows for a range of products across global, enterprise platforms. Primary objectives of the data governance program is to create accountability for PGI’s enterprise shared data and to ensure policies and processes are in place to ensure accurate, consistent and timely data is available to support the investment, marketing, client reporting and financial reporting functions.

During this internship, you will get a comprehensive overview of how data is utilized throughout the investment and shared services divisions of PGI as well as gain an understanding of the increasing importance of data governance functions in the asset management industry. Throughout the course of this internship you will work directly with the Assistant Director of Data Governance as well as collaborate with business and technology staff which could include Investment Operations, Finance, Sales & Marketing and the Investment Boutiques. Your time will be spent conducting interviews with business professionals to understand and document the current state of data process flows then work business data owners and project stakeholders to drive data process improvements and find opportunities for scale and risk reduction across the institutional and fund platforms. You will also aid in the development of data governance communication and education materials to broaden the understanding of the Data Governance program across PGI.


  • Canidates must be a Principal Women in Asset Management Conference Attendee to be considered for this position.

  • Candidate must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance, business, economics, accounting, data analytics or a related field and have at least one semester of coursework post summer 2018.

  • Knowledge and interest in investments combined with excellent time management & organizational skills as well as the ability to work independently.

  • Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to various audiences and personalities.

  • Advanced PC skills and strong technical aptitude. Exposure to SQL is a plus.

  • Candidate must be highly motivated, proactive and able take initiative to research industry best practices and make recommendations for improvements.

Investment Code of Ethics

You will be required to comply with a Code of Ethics which covers personal trading activities for you and members of your household.

Background Check Requirements

Employment at Principal is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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.