This paper offers best practices for implementing an experiential learning component into an accounting curriculum in order to provide multiple experiential learning opportunities that are “for credit.” Sometimes employers may not be able to provide internship opportunities to students, or students may not be able to dedicate the required amount of time to obtain an internship in accounting. Recognizing this reality, we recommend implementing an on-campus alternative that would provide students the experiential learning opportunity they need through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for course credit. For students transitioning into the job market, this experiential learning opportunity provides participation incentives, offers practical experience that aligns with the AICPA framework, and focuses on the development of communication skills.
McKnight, M. A., Bueltel, B. L., Dill, A. T., Seitz, J. L., & Bryan, T. G. (2021). Incorporating Experiential Learning into the Accounting Curriculum: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from a Recently Implemented Curriculum. Global Journal of Accounting and Finance, 5(1), 75.