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It all adds up: Business and economics major helps handle money at Busch Gardens

Cody Carpenter in front of a large statue of the Busch Gardens logo

Cody Carpenter in front of a large statue of the Busch Gardens logo

As a cash control intern at Busch Gardens this summer, Cody Carpenter ’21 is getting to work at a place he has loved his entire life. 

“I wanted to do this internship since I was born in Williamsburg and already knew the area and the park,” Carpenter said. “I also feel like having a name like Busch Gardens on my resume will impact my future job search significantly, and most of the internships they had available all involved numbers, which I am a big fan of.”

A business and economics double major, Carpenter is gaining plenty of experience in handling money. One of his primary day-to-day responsibilities is counting revenue from the previous day and checking to ensure that receipts the cashiers provide are equal to the amount given from their station. He has also conducted audits of cashiers’ transactions. 

On top of his daily tasks, Carpenter is also working with other interns on a special project to tweak the way cash is handled at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival. He and the group plan to present their work to the park’s leadership in August.

The internship aligns perfectly with Carpenter’s career goals. After graduation, he hopes to earn CPA certification and become an accountant.  

“This internship has taught me a lot about money and a lot about computers too, since there is a lot of computer work,” Carpenter said. “It is helping me grow and get more comfortable using [Microsoft] Excel and the park’s own program. It also is really incredible that they are willing to trust me with such large sums of money!”

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