W&L's Career and Professional Development and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics offers several field programs where students are introduced to and participate in activities directly related to potential careers after graduation.
The six-week Washington Term Program includes three components: an academic course, an experience working in a government office, think tank, or other organization in Washington, and a lecture series. Students spend four days working, and then have a morning class and afternoon guest lectures on Fridays. Participants receive six credit hours for successful completion of the course.
Selected sophomore students travel to New York for an intensive look at different career options. Past firm visits include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Bloomberg News, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Marcus & Millichap, Och-Ziff, the New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, SunTrust and Lincoln International.
During February break, students travel to New York City for visits to advertising, marketing, and public relations firms known as "AdMarComm". The AdMarComm Trip introduces students to alumni working at small, medium and large agencies as well as those working in in-house roles for corporations and non-profits.
The Accounting Department hosts a one-day trip to Northern Virginia for sophomores and juniors who are interested in careers in accounting. Alumni from BakerTilly, CohnReznick, EY, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers talk with students about what students can expect when working for a large accounting firm.