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Principal Financial Group Sales Internship - Retirement Sales (Summer 2024) in Wayne, Pennsylvania

What You'll Do

Come join Principal’s Retirement & Income Solutions, Sales Internship Program ! As a sales intern, you’ll be teaming up with our Retirement sales and/or Group Insurance team members to provide sales support, account management assistance, and intermediary support. During this paid internship, you will work full time, while enhancing and applying your sales skills and developing professionally. This role is given the opportunity to assist our regional sales offices, while learning how we distribute and support our retirement plan and group benefits business. In this role, you'll get a first-hand look at what it takes to be successful in a sales-driven career in the future.

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

  • Bethesda, MD – 6700 Rockledge Dr, Ste 350, Bethesda, MD 20817

  • Wayne, PA – 550 E Swedesford Rd, Ste 230, Wayne, PA 19087

  • Des Moines – 655 9 th Street Des Moines, IA 50392

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 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

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 is unique in that you will spend the first 5-weeks at our beautiful headquarters in Des Moines, IA and the last 5-weeks at one of the respective sales office locations listed above.

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 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.

Original Posting Date