The W&M Winter Field Experience

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 EY 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 EY after completing the MAcc program in December 2013.

WFE students generally obtain three-credit hours in the context of the internship itself. They obtain six more credit hours by means of mandatory enrollment in the following two three-credit hour compressed half-semester classes upon returning to campus immediately after spring break: Contemporary Financial Reporting Issues and Driving Organizational Performance. WFE students typically obtain three more credit hours by enrolling in an on-line version of Business Law offered during the internship period. Students typically fulfill the remaining three credit hours required for graduation by taking one of the following three-credit hour compressed courses offered during the second half of the spring semester: Estate and Financial Planning and Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting.