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Marketing Communications Internship, Summer 2019; Principal Financial Group

A Marketing Communications Intern is interested in engaging customers through content marketing and a mix of content types. They are interested in omni-channel marketing, personalized experiences and delivering the right message at the right time in a buyer’s journey. They are curious and knowledgeable about current marketing trends.

Specifically, this position will be a part of our direct-to-consumer marketing team focusing on selling individual retirement accounts. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to leverage Principal’s enterprise expertise.


Basic Qualifications

  • Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or a related field
  • Be available to work 40 hours/week for Summer 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Have at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, creativity, organizational skills, and ability to work well on a team
  • Involvement with related student organizations or within the community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in an internship in a related field
  • Leadership initiative taken within previous internships, student organizations, or within the communit

Interview Details:

We anticipate department level interview for this role occurring in January 2019.

More information and to apply here


Communications Internship; Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Primary duties include:
·    Supporting promotional efforts for the upcoming state park centennial celebration in 2020.
·    Supporting other state park marketing campaigns such as special events, visitor programs and seasonal promotions.
·    Writing and developing interesting and unique stories about Iowa state parks.
·    Assisting with social media, websites and email communications.
·    Providing assistance with layout and design of digital media, displays and publications as needed.
·    Outreach to friends groups, volunteers, state park staff, media and other partners as needed.
·    Excellent written communication skills
·    Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
·    Experience with Creative Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, and other Adobe products)
·    Experience with other digital media software, photography and/or video platforms a plus
Paid ($10.85/hour) internship for spring for Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduating May 2019 – May 2021


Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education. The DNR’s mission: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

Advocacy and Public Policy Intern; LSI, Spring Semester

LSI is currently seeking an Advocacy & Public Policy Intern for the 2019 Spring Semester.  This is an unpaid internship which will be based out of the Des Moines office.  It offers a flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 15 hours per week.

This intern serves on the LSI advocacy team and assist with writing public policy statements, collecting data on priority legislative issues, and identifying key advocacy audiences for growing and strengthening LSI’s messaging and engagement of stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Skills for leading advocacy efforts in a large nonprofit setting
  • Skills for working collaboratively in a nonprofit work environment
  • Skills for writing public policy statements
  • Skills for strategically identifying essential stakeholders in advocacy efforts
  • Skills for conducting public policy issue research

Impact of your role:

  • Increased capacity for the advocacy team to expand LSI’s ability to train and educate staff, clients, volunteers, and community members on how to advocate
  • Increased awareness of key public policy issues
  • Increased capacity for researching, analyzing, and evaluating key legislative issues impacting the lives of the communities LSI serves
  • Expanded organizational brain through new perspective and innovative ideas
  • Increased knowledge of strategic stakeholders and a stronger network of key collaborative partners
  • Increased expertise on engaging key demographic groups in advocacy efforts


  • Support LSI advocacy team in policy development, communications, and administrative duties as assigned
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate information for constructing data-driven public policy statements
  • Assist in defining advocacy audiences (staff, clients, faith partners, public, etc.) and developing meaningful and inclusive communication strategies
  • Assist with researching and building tools for preparing community members, clients, LSI staff, and volunteers to engage in advocacy work (ie. tools on how to contact your legislator)
  • Assist with planning trainings for the identified advocacy audiences on how to advocate and building awareness and community passion for LSI’s public policy priorities
  • Assist with identifying key collaborative partners for community awareness education initiatives
  • Follow all agency policies and procedures
  • Attend team meetings relevant to the responsibilities of the position
  • Additional responsibilities are assigned by the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator

An ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, volunteers, and community members
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and experience to take projects from beginning to end
  • The ability to work independently and also collaboratively
  • Flexibility to the constant changes of a nonprofit work environment
  • The ability to think innovatively
  • Experience with advocacy and public policy writing (preferred

QUALIFICATIONS: Interns must have a high school diploma, be 18 years or older, actively pursuing a college degree and able to pass background and reference checks.

Please attach a resume with your completed application.  Apply here

Two Spring Internships at Iowa Secretary of State’s Office

Spring Social Media/Multimedia Projects Internship

This internship at the Iowa Secretary of State’s office would consist of managing the social media and online presence, content production and marketing for multiple projects.

The internship is for the Spring Semester of 2019, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

  • – Monitoring and Management of multiple social media pages
  • – Regular content production including but not limited to images, copy and video
  • – Planning out long term strategy and content calendars for social media
  • – Keeping track of and responding to constituent interactions

Experience in videography and graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere preferred.

Background in Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here:


Spring 2019 Business Services CommunicationsInternship

With the Secretary of State’s Office being the small business portal of Iowa, we must celebrate the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Business Services Intern is responsible for contacting small businesses to create entrepreneurship related content for the Iowa Secretary of State’s social media pages. Additional responsibilities include assisting office manager with business services work and organizational tasks.

  • – Creating social media content promoting entrepreneurship and Iowa small business
  • – Interviewing small businesses
  • – Organization of our social media content calendars
  • – Creating content and managing the Secretary of State’s LinkedIn page
  • – Entering new business services accounts

The internship is for the Spring Semester of 2019, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

Background in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here:

Reporter; Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Radio is searching for a journalist to join our News team as a Reporter in the Des Moines office. This individual will cover a variety of significant issues affecting and/or occurring in Central Iowa, and will assist the state government reporter with legislative coverage as needed.

This position is responsible for producing short and long-form news stories and online content for Iowa Public Radio’s broadcast and web audiences. This position is primarily a general assignment reporter, though a beat assignment in a particular topic area is possible in consultation with the News Director.

Applications must be received by 5 pm Monday, December 10, 2018

More information here



SEO and Digital Content Marketing Internship; Principal Financial Group

We know it’s important to get off to a great start with your career. Principal offers multiple opportunities to gain experience, make connections, and provide fast-tracked opportunities to learn our business from the inside out.

You’re not just looking for an internship.

We hear you. That’s why working with us isn’t just about skill sets and job responsibilities. We care about offering you diverse experiences, rewarding challenges, and global opportunities that push you to reach for bigger life goals.

The Internship Experience

Principal will host over 200 interns across various business units and teams. You will meet with senior executives, gain career direction, and contribute to work that helps our customers live their best lives – all at a Fortune 500 company who invests in your personal and professional development.

Did we mention you’ll have plenty of time to explore Des Moines?

Principal is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the Midwest’s best-kept secret. You’ll get a chance to network at social events and volunteer in the community with peers and team members. From its miles of trails and lakes, local wineries and breweries, to world-class music, theater and a thriving foodie scene, Des Moines offers big-city perks with small-town charm.

Worried about relocating to Des Moines? Don’t worry, we offer travel assistance and a living stipend to those who are eligible.


The SEO & Digital Content Marketing intern will work in the Global Center for Brand & Insights Digital Customer Experience team. The Global Center for Brand & Insights is the corporate marketing function at Principal, responsible for brand management, marketing campaign execution, and customer insights. The Digital Customer Experience team focuses on activating each of those responsibilities digitally to deliver a best-in-class customer experience.

While the internship is designed to cover each aspect of search and digital content strategy, your skills and enthusiasm can help determine what you work on. You’ll get exposure and experience working in each of these functions:

  • Ensuring the findability of Principal and our digital properties through traditional search engine optimization tactics from both a technical and content perspective.
  • Partnering with the Paid Media team on search engine marketing campaign creation, budgeting, tracking, and optimization.
  • Working in the Google Analytics platform to find insights and report on web traffic and online interaction.
  • Analyzing onsite search trends and keywords to help inform digital content optimization and creation with the Content Studio.
  • Communicating and presenting research and recommendations to content creators, domain managers, and product owners.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate Advertising, Computer Sciences, Marketing, Media Studies, or related program
  • 3.0 GPA strongly preferred
  • Involvement on campus through extracurricular actives or within the community
  • Digital aptitude and eagerness to learn new systems and technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High degree of accuracy and strong attention to detail
  • Creative thinking

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with technical and creative SEO best practices
  • Knowledge of digital marketing and/or analytics
  • Familiarity of Google Marketing Platform tools, including Google Ads and Google Analytics
  • Experience with running marketing campaigns including marketing strategy, budgeting, execution, and results communication

Additional Information

What’s next? Innovation at its finest.

We’ll review your application and if you’re selected for an interview, you’ll receive an invite for a pre-recorded interview experience. Haven’t done that before, don’t worry. We’ve got all the tips and tricks available to help you be successful. With a pre-recorded interview, you can add your own flair and personality at your pace.

Be sure to check your email frequently. We’ll communicate our decisions through the email address used on your online profile. If you receive an email from our Principal Talent Acquisition Team, you’ve been selected to begin your pre-recorded interview experience and have a set time to submit.

Not an exact match for this role?

We’ve got a lot of opportunities, so check out some of the others. And creating an email alert on our career site will help you keep you connected and informed of opportunities you’re interested in with a just a few clicks!

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we’re not able to consider candidates who would need sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.) However, we’d hope you continue to keep us in mind for other potential opportunities in the future.

Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply:


Assistant News Brief Editor; ABIS Group, Evanston, Illinois

The ABIS Group currently is seeking exceptional individuals to join the team as assistant news brief editors. Candidates should have an excellent academic record; a strong interest in health care, science, or business; and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. Summer positions are also available.

Assistant news brief editors research, write and edit headlines and abstracts for a collection of daily online newsletters under deadline. These team members are strong writers and editors who can identify quickly the “gist” of a breaking news story and describe it in a clean, concise fashion and who have a keen eye for relevant information. Work or internship experience as a journalist, copywriter or editor is a plus!

The ABIS Group ( is an innovative and pioneering company that provides customized online industry intelligence solutions to numerous leading Global 500 companies and is particularly focused on various segments of the global health care industry. The company has been growing steadily for the past 10 years and is emerging as a leader in its field.

The ABIS Group is headquartered in the Evanston/Northwestern University Research Park in beautiful and vibrant Evanston, Illinois, ( approximately 25 minutes from Chicago and within walking distance of Northwestern University, Lake Michigan, and the Metra and El train stations.

The ABIS work environment is collegial, supportive, fast-paced and stimulating. It also provides numerous opportunities to expand one’s knowledge, skill set and responsibilities while working as part of a team.

Our growing team is a sharp, diverse, highly talented group with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. We place a high value on teamwork, initiative, thinking “outside the box,” attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, “can do” attitude and having a strong desire to make a difference.

Interested? We’d like to hear from you. Please email a cover letter that notes your area(s) of interest and resume to Tyler Blue at No phone calls please.