A summer internship enabled LONZA to employ Andrew Boot for project work over summer.

A summer internship enabled LONZA to employ Andrew Boot for project work over summer, which brought him back to Taranaki in time to progress from  his internship to a new horticulture start-up venture in South Taranaki.

Andrew completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Horticulture at Massey University, which provided him with good basic skills and understandings relating to crop and weed identification, which fit really well with new product development-related R&D LONZA was working on. 

Andrew says he learnt lots from his experience at LONZA, and in particular from supervisor Alan Wells, saying “I would 100% recommend this summer job to other agriculture or horticulture students”. 

Alan was pleased by how much further Andrew’s knowledge relating to crop and weed identification grew while he worked with them – something only time in the field (literally) could provide.  Andrew is very clear that exposure to such a wide range of crops and skills was invaluable in his career development.  He’s excited to now be playing an important role in a Taranaki start-up business in an emerging industry producing a relatively new product.

Photo: Alan Wells, LONZA