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Principal Financial Services, Inc

Accounting Extended Internship (Spring/Summer 2018)

Principal Financial Services, Inc - Des Moines, IA

Job Area: Accounting

Business Area: PGI Real Estate

Location: IA - Des Moines

Career Category: Intern

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Date Posted: 2017-11-02

Pursue your calling and make an impact.

We know its 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.

Youre not just looking for an internship.

We hear you. Thats why working with us isnt 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.

Did we mention youll have plenty of time to explore Des Moines?

Principal is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the Midwests best-kept secret. Youll 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.

Worried about relocating to Des Moines? Don't worry, we offer relocation and housing assistance to those who are eligible.


During these paid internships, students 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 into one of the following accounting areas within the Accounting Community at Principal: Retirement and Income Solutions, Principal Global Investors (Asset Management), Principal International, or Principal Real Estate Investors. Each intern opportunity will differ based on the business needs and the nature of the business area. Generally interns will be exposed to or be responsible for:

Preparing internal or external financial reports, and/or tax returns

Participating in the monthly/quarterly financial statement close processes

Testing and documentation of internal controls over financial reporting as part of the organizations SOX compliance

Variance and trend analysis

Assistance in preparation of quarterly forecasts

Assistance with projects as needed

All applicants must be available to work full time in Des Moines, IA from January August 2018.


Applicants must be pursuing a bachelors or graduate level accounting or finance degree. Intermediate Excel skills required. Preference will be given to students who have at least one semester of schooling remaining post-internship

Preferred Qualifications:

Double major in Accounting and Finance or IT related degree (MIS, Computer Science, etc)

3.0 Cumulative GPA or above

Ideal applicants will have exposure to accounting concepts through intermediate level class work, student organization involvement or internship/employment experiences

Advanced Excel Skills

Leadership positions or initiative within student organizations or in the community




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.

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Principal Financial Services, Inc


Accounting Extended Internship (Spring/Summer 2018) Principal Financial Services, Inc - Des Moines, IA, United States


Location: Des Moines, IA

Company Profile:
The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®) is a leading global financial company offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services. Our range of products and services includes retirement solutions, insurance, wellness programs, and investment and banking products through our diverse family of financial services companies and national network of financial professionals.