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What You’ll Do

Come join Principal’s Group Benefits, Sales Internship Program!  As a sales intern, you’ll be teaming up with our Group Insurance and/or Retirement sales and account management team members to provide sales support, account management assistance, and intermediary support. This role is given the opportunity to assist our regional sales offices, while learning how we distribute and support our retirement and/or group insurance customers. By partnering on these tasks, we anticipate you will be directly impacting territory sales and overall business unit success! In this role, you’ll get a first-hand look at what it takes to be successful in a sales-minded career in the future.

This area partners with many areas within Principal which includes teams like underwriting, new business, marketing, administration, product, sales and compensation, and many more. Getting to know the many areas in our organization is a great way to learn and develop your skills and build lasting professional relationships!

The right candidates will be working in one of the following Principal office locations:

  • Atlanta – 2000 Riveredge Pkwy, NW Ste.1000, Atlanta, GA 30328
  • Chicago – 3333 Finley Rd, Ste 550 Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Cincinnati – 4555 Lake Forest Dr, Ste 230B, Cincinnati, OH 45242
  • Des Moines – 6701 Westown Pkwy, Ste 160, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Seattle – 520 Pike St, Ste 1450, Seattle, WA 98101

This position is also a phenomenal way to start your career. As a growing company with over 16,000 employees around the world, Principal offers a lot of ways for you to learn more, earn more, and achieve more.

Who You Are

  • Currently pursuing or completed undergraduate or graduate level degree.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities and/or involvement within the community
  • Interest in a career in sales
  • Preference will be given to students who have experience with sales either through a previous internship, involvement, or work experience.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Travel will be required.

Salary Range InformationSalary ranges below reflect targeted base salaries. Non-sales positions have the opportunity to participate in a bonus program. Sales positions are eligible for sales incentives, and in some instances a bonus plan, whereby total compensation may far exceed base salary depending on individual performance. Actual compensation for all roles will be based upon geographic location, work experience, education, licensure requirements and/or skill level and will be finalized at the time of offer.Salary Range (Non-Exempt expressed as hourly; Exempt expressed as yearly)$18 – $20 / hourAdditional Information

Additional Information:

See your future. And make it real.

Starting your career on the right track is important. That’s why we offer you a hands-on internship program full of focused activities and opportunities to gain experience, make connections, and learn the business from the inside out.

Through your experience, here’s what you can expect:

  • Work alongside experienced professionals
  • Gain career direction to help you achieve your professional and personal goals.
  • Contribute to work that helps more people and businesses around the world save enough, have enough and protect enough.
  • Explore new perspectives in an inclusive, welcoming culture. 


This internship will primarily be spent in one of the sales offices listed.  There will be some travel to our beautiful headquarters in Des Moines, IA.

Multiple Openings

We will be filling multiple openings for participation in this internship experience.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we’re not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links.

Nonimmigrant Workers and Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants

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 valuesbenefits 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.

Posting WindowWe will be accepting applications for at least 3 days from when the job was originally posted, after which we may keep open or remove the posting based upon applications we receive. Please submit applications in a timely manner as there is no guarantee the posting will be available beyond 3 days of the original posting date.

Original Posting Date10/6/2023

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