Douglas Kaplan ’12 is finding out what it’s like to be a rock star this summer. Kaplan is interning at SPIN Magazine, a rock music magazine noted for its eclectic and bold style.
Kaplan, who is a media and society and English double major, is a sales and marketing intern for the magazine, based in New York City. He works primarily on corporate presentations. However, he also acts as a live sound engineer for performances put on in the magazine’s SOHO office. No stranger to the stage, Kaplan has set up for shows at the Smith Opera House in the past – most recently for the “State Radio” show. It is because of this experience that he remains undaunted when given the opportunity to work at the magazine’s larger concert venues, such as Terminal 5 in Brooklyn and the famous Radio City Music Hall.
“I love getting to meet bands and being able to work with them,” says Kaplan who has met many musicians, such as The Pretenders, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Flaming Lips, while preparing for shows. A musician himself, the music industry provides the perfect outlet for his passion.
Kaplan took many economics classes at the Colleges and felt prepared entering the internship. Many of the challenges he faces on a daily basis are situations he has been introduced to through his coursework. Of course, he says, his classes in the music department have helped, too.
“What I have gained from my internship is invaluable in terms of real life experience. It most certainly provides me an upper hand – having been on the scene and knowing how it works,” explains Kaplan, who plans to one day work in the music industry.