Meet professionals and explore careers, internships and full-time employment opportunities across a variety of exciting fields and industries! Join the Berry Career Institute's Des Moines, IA Career Tour! We will be visiting three Des Moines-based organizations with national opportunities relevant to all majors.

See the full itinerary below for more information on each company.

8:00am-Meet in Thomas Commons lobby

8:05am- Depart from Thomas Commons Circle for Des Moines (transportation provided)

10:30am-12:00pm-Site visit at Merchants Bonding Company. Merchants Bonding Company is an insurance company that has honed its expertise in contract and commercial surety bonding.  Based out of Des Moines, IA they are the 15th largest surety writer in the United States and do business in all 50 states. Merchants employs more than 130 associates in the areas of Underwriting, Customer Service, Claims, Information Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Compliance, Human Resources, and Summer Internships. Boxed lunches will be provided prior to leaving for the next site. 

12:15pm-2:15pm- Site Visit with Principal Financial Group. Principal helps people and companies build, protect and advance their financial well-being with their retirement, insurance and asset management expertise. Principal Financial Group serves 22 million customers with offices in 19 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Students will receive an overview of the company and hear about upcoming internship and job opportunities throughout the company. During this visit students will also get a tour of Principal’s new facility and hear from a panel of young professionals representing various departments.

2:30pm-3:45pm- Site visit with Iowa Wolves basketball team.  The Iowa Wolves are an American professional basketball team owned by and affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves as of the 2017–18 season and operated under the name Iowa Energy from 2007-2017. They play in the Western Conference in the NBA G League, a minor league basketball organization run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). At this visit we will take a behind the scenes tour of this professional basketball arena, take part in a panel discussion with professionals from across the organization and hear from Cornell alum, Kyle Davy ’10.

3:45pm- Depart from Des Moines

6:00pm- Return to Thomas Commons 

Requirements and application procedures for the Des Moines, IA Career Tour:

  • Apply online by noon Thursday, February 1st.  Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a spot on the trip. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Attend the Pre-departure meeting on Monday, February 5th (11:30 am in Hedges).

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Please contact Rebecca Sullens with any questions.