Principal Financial Group Info Security Internship (Summer 2019) - #222160 in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Area: ITBusiness Area: Information ServicesLocation: IA - Des MoinesCareer Category: InternFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: TemporaryDate Posted: 2018-12-31


If you’re interested in helping contribute to our security initiatives, this program is for you! We have internships available in various Information Security roles including:

  • Incident Response: Serve as the first line of defense against cyber-attacks by monitoring and analyzing potential threats to Principal’s network. Work includes monitoring network traffic, malware investigation and assisting with implementing new technologies.

  • Application Penetration Testing: Work with a team of white hat hackers to help business areas identify and remediate vulnerabilities in their software through the process of penetration testing their applications to find vulnerabilities.

  • Risk Analysis: Evaluate the risk of new applications coming into the Principal to ensure we are accepting appropriate risk for our business. You will work with business area application owners to ask and answer questions about security risks.

  • Business Area Secure Software: Work closely with business area IT agile teams and be a liaison to the corporate Information Security area. As a business area secure software team member, you will help solve security problems for the business area you are working in.

  • Education and Awareness: Security education and awareness is vital to Principal’s ability to stay secure. Work with Information Security on programs to educate and bring awareness about security needs across the company, such as working on phishing campaigns, display boards, job aids, and CBT's.

Our IT internship program offers opportunities for 85+ IT interns and has a strong reputation with over 20 years of history. You’ll work on real projects with a range of 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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  • Current enrollment in an accredited program of study related to IT, engineering, or other correlated areas (ex: computer science, MIS, engineering, etc.)

  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA

  • Co-curricular Involvement on campus or in your community

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • A passion for technology and solving problems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intermediate Level Programming Skills (Java, .Net, etc.)

  • Leadership positions or initiative within student or community organizations

Visa Sponsorship

This position is intended to groom potential applicants for full-time roles at Principal. These positions are not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization, therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time. Due to the fact student visas (J1, F1, etc...) are time-limited, we regret we cannot consider candidates on student visas.


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.

Interview Details

What’s next? Innovation at its finest. We’ll review your application and if you’re selected for an interview, you’ll receive an invite for an On-Demand Video interview. Haven’t done that before, don’t worry. We’ve got all the tips and tricks available to help you be successful. With an On-Demand Video Interview, you can add your own flair and personality – at your pace. Be sure to check your email frequently. We’ll communicate our decisions through the email address used on your online profile. If you receive an email from Principal Talent Team, you’ve been selected to begin your video interview and have a set time to submit once you log in.

Principal Code of Ethics

You may be required to comply with a Code of Ethics which covers personal trading activities for you and members of your household.