Information Security Intern at American Equity (Des Moines, IA)

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AtAmerican Equity Investment Life Holding Company, we think of ourselves asThe Financial Dignity Company. Our policyholders work with independent agents, banks and broker-dealers through our wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, to choose one of our leading annuity products best suited for their personal needs to create financial dignity in retirement. We remain steadfast in our commitment to quality products, excellent customer service, integrity, safety and delivering on our promises to our policyholders. Our success comes from hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive our unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture of collaboration, ownership and innovation.

We currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide, and have been headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, for over twenty-five years, withsatellite offices slated to open in 2022 in Charlotte, NC, and New York, NY. We are a NYSE-listed company and maintain an "excellent" rating from AM Best. Our companyhas over $57 billion in assets, 26,000 active agents and over 650 employees.


The Information Security Intern will directly contribute to meaningful projects within the Information Security function within American Equity. This position will be involved in the daily execution of information security operations to learn and experience key tasks within a security organization. The intern will participate in all relevant project team meetings, company meetings, and 1:1s with management. In this position, the Information Security Intern will also be responsible to deliver an information security related project to be defined by the Information Security Manager. This special project will be designed to reinforce the intern's acquired knowledge on the information security skills learned.


  • Learn and understand the information security processes around detection, investigation, and reporting of events within the corporate controls and SIEM infrastructure that may be indicative of a security incident or potential data breach.
  • Uses information security frameworks, standards, and best practices as defined by the Information Security Team.
  • Makes updates as appropriate to existing systems to support security controls and projects.
  • May assist with documentation of procedures used within the department.
  • Learns, follows, and may provide input to department standards.
  • Completes project and support tasks with guidance from mentor and department leader.
  • Works with team on continuing to build information security awareness within the company.

  • Interfaces with outside resources for problem solving.
  • Interfaces with other IT and business areas to plan project deliveries.

  • Provides updates of all completed, on-going and future tasks in order to keep management updated on progress.
  • Follows information security project timelines.


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Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Managing Information Systems, or other computing field of study.

Other preferred skills and experience:

  • General understanding of security technologies for websites/applications, networks, servers, desktops and databases.
  • MS Office experience is a plus
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Able to work up to 40 hours/week during the Summer


None required for this position.


  • Good communication skills, problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Learn quickly when faced with new challenges and situations; analyze success and failures
  • Collaborative & team-oriented sharing the responsibility of work and accountability for outcomes with team members; uncovering new perspectives through inclusion
  • Demonstrate a high level of accountability setting personal goals and working to align these with business activities; work in an organized matter
  • Results driven with a sense of urgency that motivates others to achieve goals and improve performance.
  • Maintaining respectful interactions with others.
  • Ability to make quick decisions with available information.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and self-motivated.
  • Works to understand business implication of work.
  • Ability to work effectively in team environment.
  • Works to possess professionalism and the ability to follow-through.
  • Adaptable to change, delays and unexpected events.
More Information on American Equity
American Equity operates in the Insurance industry. The company is located in West Des Moines, IA. American Equity was founded in 1995. It has 640 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Health Insurance Benefits, 401(K), Performance Bonus. To see all 9 open jobs at American Equity, click here.
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