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Principal Financial Group Sales Internship – Life & Disability Insurance (Summer 2024) in Des Moines, Iowa

What You'll Do

As a growing company with over 16,000 employees around the world, Principal has had a long-held commitment to provide students with opportunities to apply classroom learnings in a business setting, build professional connections and networks, and develop professionally. With this spirit in mind, we are looking for a sales interns to team up with our Disability and Life Insurance teams to get an in-depth look at what it takes to be successful in a sales-driven career in the future.

As a Sales Intern with Principal, you will:

  • Provide sales support through phone interaction with a variety of advisors and brokerage offices.

  • Assist in prospecting new sources of business while learning how to utilize Salesforce, our client relationship management tool.

  • Partner with and shadow sales teams in every US territory, gaining valuable experience and networking opportunities.

  • Perform basic reporting tasks related to sales performance.

  • Assist with special projects assigned.

  • Actively contribute to a fun and creative team culture embracing new ideas every day.

  • Potentially have an opportunity to pursue industry relevant licenses and credentials (i.e., Life/Health License).

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)

Salary Range Information

Salary 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 / hour

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 opportunity will be based in our Des Moines, IA home office location.

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 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.

Posting Window

We 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.

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