Providing Experiential Learning in Accounting through a Field Study Payroll Project


  • Gretchen N. Vik
  • Martha Doran
  • Carol Venable


"Academic accounting programs cover a great deal of technical material and its application, but are not always able to give students much hands-on experience in accounting without an added internship course. Our accounting communication course includes a payroll project that gives students some field experience in interviewing and compiling materials, then producing written workpapers and giving an oral presentation on their findings. An advantage of our project over some more structured ones is that it requires very little professor involvement-students choose and set up the company interviews themselves. "