Dressed for Success

The first time I set foot inside the Heyday building, I was wearing a gray dress shirt, black pants, and a slightly too-large black two-button jacket. Add this to a cruelly beautiful summer day and a high level of anxiety, and you get a very sweaty Cal undergrad. I slurred my speech, I blanked on my résumé, and I was sitting way too stiffly. I was so relieved when the interview was over that I was surprised to receive an email from Heyday, any email, much less one that actually offered me the internship position I had so nervously coveted. While I will not bore anyone with the details of my reaction, I will concede that there was a “jig” of sorts involved.

Most interns remember the mailing part of their internship experience with some degree of dread. But to be honest, mailing was one of my favorite parts of the “job.” What was really noteworthy about my internship was making lists: going on the Internet, searching for possible venues for book readings, tracking down anything that even vaguely resembled contact information. It perfectly encapsulated what publishing was all about, being presented with an almost overwhelming number of elements that needed to be filtered and compressed by one’s own sense of what these elements were supposed to form. It’s not to say that making these lists was not frustrating, or worrisome. But in the words of my high school calculus teacher, such problems kept things “interesting.”

I will always be grateful to the people of Heyday for making my first work experience in an office setting an enjoyable one. Heyday’s employees were kind and courteous, and never made me feel like an outsider looking in. I got to use an Apple computer for the first time in my life (which affirmed my love for PCs). I got to work on very interesting books (I highly recommend reading Fred Setterberg’s Lunch Bucket Paradise). I got to use Microsoft Excel (something sorely lacking from my repertoire). And I got to wear a suit and tie two days out of the week (it wasn’t a requirement, but hey, I don’t get to wear suits all that often).

—Alan Carrillo, Publicity and Marketing Intern