Financial advisory company Grant Thornton hired its first agricultural science student in June 2012 as part of its summer internship programme. It found that the agriculture students integrated so well, particularly in the tax department, that the company has since hired 18 ag graduates.

“The agriculture students have a great work ethic, are willing to work the hours necessary for any job to be completed and also possess a problem-solving and commonsense approach which is seldom seen,” said Bernard Doherty, head of tax and legal at Grant Thornton.