Data Scientist Internship (Graduate Level) Summer 2023

Principal Financial Group Remote
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Principal has an exciting internship opportunity with our enterprise analytics team! 


You will work closely with experienced business leaders and data scientists to enhance business capabilities by utilizing machine learning, statistical inference, and data manipulation skills! We need someone who is curious, self-motivated, and result oriented. You'll be responsible for a variety of tasks could include: 

  • Building analytic systems & frameworks to tackle recurring business challenges 

  • Identifying and mining data sources 

  • Communicating findings to business partners 

What key characteristics will make you a good fit for this opportunity? 

  • The curiosity and desire to dig to find answers 

  • Willingness to explore new techniques, tools, and data sources 

  • Collaboration skills 

  • Belief in the value of reproducible research and open data science 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Currently pursuing or completed a graduate degree program in statistics, analytics, social sciences (IO psychology, sociology, etc..) or related degree program. 

  • Knowledge of a range of statistical and machine learning techniques. 

  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA or better 

  • Working knowledge in one or more of the following: R, Python, SQL 

  • Exposure to data visualization concepts & standard methodologies 

  • Proficiency with one or more of the following: NLP, time series, propensity & uplift modeling, machine learning frameworks, graph algorithms 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Exposure or interest in Customer Analytics, Marketing, or quantitative research methods in Social Sciences. 

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

$29 - $31 / hour

Additional Information

Internship Stipend 


You will receive a lump sum stipend of $3,000. This amount is intended to support incidental expenses you may incur as part of your internship. The Company will provide a tax gross-up on this stipend as a financial benefit, but is not intended to compensate for all tax liabilities.


Pay Transparency


Principal offers competitive pay based on your education level and experience, including whether in the past you’ve interned with Principal.




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. 


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. and


Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Securities 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.

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