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

As a Data Engineering Intern here at Principal, you’ll have the opportunity to leverage your software and technology skills to deliver on a variety of data solutions. In the Data Engineering domain, we are looking for candidates who have a passion and aptitude for solving a broad scope of data infrastructure/data pipeline related challenges and opportunities. This work is critical to facilitating and positioning the organization for advanced data analysis and insights. Combining data from multiple sources in an on-prem or cloud integration platform, data transformations, data virtualization and data visualization are some prospective domains that you will get an opportunity to work in.

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, Python, R

  • SQL knowledge or experience

  • Experience with and/or demonstrated interest in tools such as Informatica, PowerBI, SAS, AWS, etc.

  • Leadership positions within student, work or community organizations

  • Past IT internship or work experience


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

Our IT internship program offers opportunities for 95+ IT interns and has a strong reputation with over 20 years of history. You’ll work on real projects with a range of technology and business 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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Internship location will be either onsite in Des Moines, IA or virtually from your location selection. Decisions on the location will be shared throughout the interview process.

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.)

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.

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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: 2020-28471

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: No

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt