Kate Mishkin ‘16 has been spending her summer interning with FILTER
Magazine, an offbeat music-centric publication based in Hollywood, California.
When a band or artist releases new material, agencies and studios will send it to Kate who will sample it before writing and posting a review on the magazine's website. Originally from Tarzana, California, Kate is currently an undecided major and is co-mosaic editor for The Knox Student.
How did you learn about this opportunity? Did anyone from Knox play a role?
Though I found out about this opportunity on my own, I found a great deal of help and support in the Career Center. I had already written my cover letter and resume, but there, I learned exactly how to refine and improve my application materials. It was very helpful to not have to go through the entire application process alone.
Can you cite an example of how your in-classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the internship?
My experience writing for The Knox Student has undoubtedly been an asset. By writing for the college newspaper, I've learned very technical lessons like writing ledes and headlines, but also how to work in a professional environment and find my voice as a writer. My experience speaking Spanish, both in and out of Knox has been a unpredictable asset. FILTER organizes Culture Collide, an annual festival in October with headliners from around the world, and I was assigned to do a profile of each band that's coming this year. There were some bands whose websites were solely in Spanish, and it was really helpful and rewarding to be able to understand the websites and be able to write knowledgeably about the bands.
What has been thecoolest part of your internship/project so far?
One day I received a forwarded e-mail from my editor from Press Here Publicity with a link to a new single from Franz Ferdinand, who hadn't released anything since 2009. It was completely secret -- I needed a password just to listen to the track online. And the next day, I woke up and turned on the radio and the single "Right Action" was playing, and the station was making a really big deal about it. It was pretty cool to have heard this coveted track before anyone else had.
What do you expect to learn by the completion of your internship?
I expect to continue to learn more about myself and find my voice and place in an industry. I hope to cultivate my creative voice and hone skills that will be applicable back at Knox. I'd like to continue to be exposed to amazing music, daily challenges, and inspiration in the office.