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Principal Financial Group- Corporate Headquarters

Data Analytics Intern

May - August 2021 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Great culture and people

What I wish was different

Advice

Always ask for more work and projects aligned with your interests
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Fixed Income Intern

January - July 2020 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Collaborative environment

What I wish was different

Not having to work from home

Advice

Get good at excel
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Front Desk Receptionist

May - August 2018 • West Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The staff I worked with were extremely friendly, willing to help, personable, and made coming to work enjoyable.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Actuarial Intern

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The campus was beautiful and everyone was very friendly! Interning at Principal gave me the technical skills and networking skills that will help me in the future.

What I wish was different

It was a difficult process of getting all the software & programs on my laptop downloaded. IT Support was helpful but it took quite a long time.

Advice

Take advantage of all the different networking events. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to meet people and learn about the different parts of the business. Most leaders and teams will love to give you the time to do so!
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Principal has a very good culture to work in.

What I wish was different

I wish Des Moines had more things to do on the weekends.

Advice

Make sure to learn everything you can from Principals work culture.
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IT Systems Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The people that work at Principal are some of the most hard-working, yet family oriented people that I have ever worked with. The culture was friendly and accepting, so it was wonderful to come to work each day. I also loved the networking opportunities that I was able to have and I learned a lot about personal and retirement finances.

What I wish was different

I personally wish that I had more work to do. I don't think they expected very much out of me when I came, but I was excited to learn. I found myself having a lot of down time. I know this isn't the experience of every intern, but it is definitely what I wish would've been different.

Advice

Go to the information sessions and speakers! There are so many cool people that can educate you about things much further than Principal and you should take advantage of those opportunities.
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Software Engineering Intern

July - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Everyone there was very welcoming, they made sure I felt at home and that I was immersed in everything going on. I got right to work on real projects with the rest of the team and had opportunities to go to different classes that were hosted while I was there.

What I wish was different

Maybe having two interns on a team would be nice to have someone to relate to but too many would not be as beneficial!

Advice

Don’t be afraid to give input during meetings and while working on projects. Be sure to ask questions to understand how processes work as a whole.
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It intern

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Loved the work environment, the employees were very inviting and helpful. Agile development process was smooth and easy to learn. The intern code jam was a great learning opportunity.

What I wish was different

I wish I had lived a bit closer to where I was working. The no-frills paid housing at a local university was very convenient but the bus ride was not.

Advice

Get to know your mentors and other interns because I was able to make a bunch of connections through this internship.
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Marketer Associate

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

It was very tailored to what I wanted to get out of it

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

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IT Intern

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Hands on experience with personal projects. Also treated as an equal to Full Time Employees. Company really involved with a full program that allowed Interns to get to know the company, and also the city we stayed in.

What I wish was different

More work, my abilities were under estimated. Would love to have taken on more challenging projects, or more projects in general.

Advice

Very good first job experience, allowed me to get a feel of what my industries work would be like, while also allowing me to experiment with different postions in my field. Take advantage of the different opertunities offered to you.
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Investment Operations Intern

May - December 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The culture was outstanding and it was a great experience to work on a team and gain real life experience.

What I wish was different

I wish that the job requirements weren't the same thing every single day. I would prefer a position without daily tasks/deadlines but preferably a project based style.

Advice

Do your best to network and build connections with various people within the company. Building a good relationship with team members & leaders helps build a good reputation for yourself and never know what others can do to help you grow in your career.
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Full-Stack Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The culture there is great and the mentorship I received was even better. Des Moines has been a growing market for some time so it was a lot fun getting to hangout with other interns around Des Moines.

What I wish was different

Although Des Moines is currently growing the location isn't as exhilarating as bigger cities. Interning in a larger city with more life would’ve been the icing on the cake.

Advice

Have confidence in your abilities as a developer, always ask questions if you have them, and let your mentors guide you.
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Data Science and Operations Research

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

I liked the impact and the fast pace environment of my team. The financial Industry is very interesting!

What I wish was different

I wish that I had not been in Iowa

Advice

Communication is key
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Fixed Income Analyst Intern

June 2017 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Work, learning opportunities, hands on analysis.

What I wish was different

Length

Advice

Learn Bloomberg, macro, understand financial statements and how to find drivers/catalysts.
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Global Product Strategy and Development Analyst

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

I was given lots of opportunities to learn the many different business units of Principal. It is important to learn how your company’s departments work together to deliver the final product. I was also given extensive networking contacts and even executive management took time to get to know me through coffee or lunch. Principal has an amazing atmosphere at its headquarters which allows people to fit into the culture.

What I wish was different

Do not take summer classes if you want to take the internship seriously.

Advice

Working at the headquarters of a company enables an intern to see the full scope of the business and its many functions.
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Actuarial Intern

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

They don't baby you. All learning is done on the job, but the people around your are awesome and ready to answe r any questions you have!

What I wish was different

I wish I hadn't been as focused on having the perfect project, and focused more on the analyzation aspect of my work. It's not the what, it's the how and why that matter .

Advice

Make the most of it, set up as many meetings as possible and try to learn something new everyday!
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Data Science Intern

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Very scientific internship, challenging and engaging work.

What I wish was different

I wish there was other interns working on the same project. The intern class is over 200 strong at Principal, so they truly do try to make interns comfortable.

Advice

Learn R! It's a fantastic language.
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Data Science Intern

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be aware of the cultural differences of, and cultural conflicts that might be induced by, the geographical area you choose to intern. I did not pay enough attention to this when deciding to spend the summer somewhere where I had never been and from where I did not know anyone.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The campus was gorgeous, the people were awesome, and the work environment was very relaxed.

What I wish was different

I don't think my team was prepared for an intern and as a result there wasn't a ton of work that I could do because of access roadblocks and security issues.

Advice

If given the opportunity take an out of state internship, they're a worthwhile experience!
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Client Services Intern

May - August 2018 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Had a lot of hands on experience with personal financial services. Very flexible hours and independence in the way work was done.

What I wish was different

More opportunities to connect with experienced financial advisors.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions. There will be a lot of things you will not know the answer to and it is okay to get help from others.
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