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Accounting Extended Internship (January - August 2021)

Pursue your calling and make an impact
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 over 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.
Principal’s extended internships (also known as a co-op) in the Accounting community offers an immersive professional experience that promotes experiential learning on the job. During these paid internships, interns will work full time while enhancing and applying their accounting skills and developing professionally. Once a candidate is selected for this program, they will be placed in one of the following business areas within the Accounting Community at Principal. There are opportunities within Principal Global Investors, Principal International, U.S. Insurance Solutions, or Corporate and other supporting services.
Each intern opportunity will differ based on the needs of the business area. Generally, interns will be exposed to and be responsible for:
  • Preparing internal or external financial reports and/or tax returns
  • Participating in the financial statement close process
  • Testing and documentation of internal controls for SOX compliance
  • Variance and trend analysis
  • Assistance in preparation of budgets and/or forecasts
  • Assistance with projects


  • Working towards or have a bachelor’s or graduate level degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum of 6 or more hours of accounting or finance major coursework completed by the start of the internship.
  • Ability to solve problems using technology, such as Excel, query language (SQL, SAS), Power BI, etc.
  • Meaningful involvement with community or school organizations and/or through work experience.
All applicants must be available to work full time (40 hours per week) from January – August 2021 in order to be considered for this position.

Additional Information


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.

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.


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