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Principal NLP/ Linguistics [Language] Engineer Internship (Summer 2021) in Des Moines, Iowa

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.

Whether your internship is virtual or onsite, here’s what you can expect:

  • Meet with senior executives and work alongside with 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

What you'll do:

As an NLP/Linguistics [Language] Engineer in Principal Global Investors on our Data Science team, you'll work to drive improvements in quality, classification, information structure, and natural language understanding and generation. This team is part of some of the most groundbreaking and exciting work at in Principal Global Investors. It's our goal to use insights from linguistics and related fields to constantly improve our products.

You’ll play a crucial role in leading world class financial solutions, logistics and distribution capacity planning and diagnostics, network design, flow modeling and operations research on regional and global levels. You’ll help drive decisions that optimize total cost, lead time on strategic and tactical, and more opportunistic levels. You will present compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business.


  • Your specialization might involve natural language processing and understanding, phonology, phonetics, syntax, semantics, ontology, program management, human subject research, experimental design, statistics, corpus linguistics, large scale data acquisition, or any combination.

  • Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation or other managerial functions.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Current enrollment or has a BS, MS or PhD in Linguistics, NLP, English, Engineering, Analytics, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.

  • NLP (Natural Language Processing) experience

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA

  • Drive for translating business problems into research initiatives that deliver business value

  • Strong influencing skills to lead alignment and adoption on process and methods

  • Good communication skills

  • People skills that will build bridges

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in probability theory, Bayesian statistics, textual analytics, queuing theory, game theory is desirable

  • A good understanding of algorithms and computational complexity is desirable


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.

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.

Requisition ID: 2020-28437

Enterprise Segment: PGI

Business Area: PGI Other

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: No

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt