How Two Students Launched Careers Through Principal® Internships
Each year, Principal® selects a cohort of interns from thousands of applicants, landing on 200 people who work either traditional summer assignments or stretch their work out over longer periods, and even years. This summer, two interns — Kyle Corbin, a Waukee native, and Lydia White, originally from Minneapolis — had the opportunity to get to know the workplace culture at Principal and take part in the company’s professional communities to determine whether Principal might be a fit for them in the future and what career path might be right for them.
The professional communities offered to interns, include:
- Data Analytics
- Financial Analyst
Marketing and communications
Technology and engineering
Other (HR, sales, strategy, on occasion)
These communities allow interns to gain real-world experience and develop skills in the above areas. Principal’s program makes it easy to build a network as well, enabling students to develop through mentoring by attending events and making connections with different teams and leaders within the organization.
Making a Career at Principal
Both Corbin and White gained experience from their intern experiences. Corbin’s experiences — which included seven different internships, Principal being the first — crossed business units and skill sets, from correlation studies in the Benefits and Protection business to developing a risk analysis dashboard for Retirement and Income Solutions (RIS). While Corbin had multiple offers following graduation, he ultimately chose Principal because the company always worked with him on his interests, needs and constraints. The culture at Principal also won him over, and Corbin now works full-time as a Financial Analyst.
White accepted a position at Principal following her internship after negotiating her start date, acknowledging that Principal offered a great place to launch her career. She is a Software Engineer for the company.
Apply for an Internship
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Job opportunities and career resources are abundant in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Whether you're looking to find an internship, a job, develop professionally or grow as a student, we have the resources to help you thrive.
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