Success times three! We are proud to announce the successful completion of our third Winter Field Experience season. A total of 28 students completed internships at 14 different companies, including non-profits, local firms, private industry, the Big Four, Grant Thornton and a number of other large firms.
“The development I experienced could not have been gained from any course taught at any graduate program, and for that I am very grateful to the MAcc program,” says Matt Richards (MAcc Class of 2013). A veteran of the U.S. Navy with four years of active service to his credit, Richards describes his first busy season as a “shot across the bow.” Richards accepted a full-time offer with KPMG after completing the internship. “While the WFE is unquestionably difficult, your personal and professional development will improve at an incredible pace,” he says.
“I feel better prepared than ever for my future career,” agrees Chris Nickle (also Class of 2013), who interned with Ernst & Young and will be returning there for full-time work later this year.
Besides the career benefits, the field experiences helped students pay the bills as well. "Graduate school is a big investment. I chose W&M for the Winter Field Experience opportunity and it definitely helped me pay for my education,” says Scott Waldman, who started the MAcc program in Spring 2013 after a 3.5 year career at W&M as an undergraduate. He will be working with E&Y after completing the MAcc program in December 2013.
Students participating in a WFE arrange their individual programs of study in consultation with the Director, Linda Espahbodi.