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Principal Intern - Private Debt & Equity, Summer 2022

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

Internship candidates can expect a fulltime onsite internship program, running from June 1, 2022 to August 12, 2022.  This internship opportunity is offered in Milwaukee, WI and Franklin, WI. Internship candidates who are relocating for the summer internship opportunity are eligible for round-trip airline/train travel and mileage reimbursement to and from your internship location and company-provided housing for the duration of the summer internship program in accordance with the company’s relocation policy. 

Carefully selected from universities across the country, our interns bring distinctive ideas and perspectives to our organization. Our employees are passionate about building our emerging talent and future leaders. After application and initial screening conversation, interns are aligned interview and be hired to a specific team at NM based on their skillsets and interests, providing exposure to real-world business perspectives through hands-on learning and meaningful work. In addition to their day-to-day tasks, interns participate in professional development workshops, senior leadership Q&A's, volunteer initiatives, networking/social events, and more!  

Principal Internship

A Principal Intern is responsible for the analysis, evaluation, and execution of private equity and debt investment opportunities offered to Northwestern Mutual Capital by investment bankers, issuers, and private equity sponsors.  Specific responsibilities include developing investment theses, financial modeling, and valuation, conducting industry and business due diligence, authoring investment memos, assisting in investment committee discussions, and developing relationships with senior level executives, investment bankers, and private equity sponsors.  Principal interns may also be involved with monitoring investments in the Northwestern Mutual Capital portfolio as well as assisting in workouts of underperforming investments.  High performing principal interns can expect to potentially receive a full-time offer, subject to staffing needs. 

Bring Your Best! What this role needs. Minimum qualifications  

  • Pursuing an MBA from top-tier business school.

  • Minimum four years experience in investment banking, private equity,  equity research, or other related industries.

  • A broad knowledge of investments, an understanding of economic forces affecting a wide range of industries, proficiency in accounting, strong computer modeling skills, and intellectual curiosity, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with corporate executives, attorneys and senior members of Northwestern Mutual Capital are also required.

Who we are  

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 160 years through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation, and distribution. With more than $290 billion in assets, $30 billion in revenues and more than $1.9 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.6 million clients. People are the power behind Northwestern Mutual, and diversity makes us better. We are committed to reflecting and serving the marketplace. We do so by attracting and improving the engagement of those who bring their outstanding perspectives, ideas, and beliefs. At Northwestern Mutual, people matter. And you’ll be working for a company that’s consistently voted among the “most admired” in the nation. We invite you to explore your career interests with us. 

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.