Katherine Satinsky '13 Named 2010 Six Flags Friends Apprentice

May 13, 2010

Katherine Satinsky '13, an honors student at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA), has been selected to receive the second annual Six Flags Friends Apprenticeship from Six Flags Friends, the philanthropic arm of Six Flags Entertainment. This unique educational program combines a traditional merit-based scholarship with hands-on learning to supplement the student's academic courses.

Exclusive to Cornell University, the program was first introduced in 2009 and awards one outstanding SHA student each summer the opportunity to work and train alongside some of the industry's best and brightest.

As part of the program, Six Flags will relocate Satinsky to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio—the park of her choice—where she will spend seven weeks engaged in all aspects of the park's operations. She will finish the summer season at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Upon completion of the three-month program, Satinsky will receive a scholarship equivalent to one semester's full tuition, valued at approximately $20,000, to be used toward obtaining her degree at SHA.

"As a Cornell alum, it is an honor to offer outstanding students like Katie the opportunity to obtain real-world experience while extending their education beyond the Cornell campus," said Andrew Schleimer, Six Flags executive vice president of strategic development and in-park services. "At Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Texas, Katie will be exposed to some of the most innovative minds in the entertainment and hospitality business and gain insight into the inner-workings of a billion dollar public company."

"I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity and look forward to learning about the various areas of theme park operations," said Satinsky. "Six Flags is the perfect setting to learn more about hospitality management, and I am really lucky to be able to spend time at two parks this summer. Of course, the scholarship is a wonderful bonus and will go a long way toward helping my family pay for my degree at Cornell."

The 2010 Six Flags Friends Apprenticeship program was open to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at the school. Together with Six Flags executives, a selection committee of SHA faculty carefully screened all applications before conducting finalist interviews with top candidates and ultimately appointing Satinsky as the 2010 Apprentice.