This is an excellent opportunity for a recent college graduate to join a fast-growing online publication based in Oakland, California. Oakland Local is the independent, non-profit news resource for what’s happening in arts & entertainment, culture, food, local neighborhoods, local shopping, tech and city government in Oakland.

We have an opening for a commission-based  Junior Account Executive Intern within our Business Development team.  In this role, you’ll make tons of connections, go to a lot of events and dinners, learn  about sales and marketing and work with a great team. This is a full-time position, with daytime hours, intended for an Oakland resident who can come to our offices and be out in the field.  Transportation and phone costs will be covered after a 3 week trial period.


  • Support Sales team with day-to-day sales efforts.
  • Preparation of proposals, performance reports and sales quotes.
  • Ability to effectively demonstrate the features and benefits of our advertising on Oakland Local.
  • Problem solving with key customers ensuring a satisfactory resolution is achieved.
  • Management of ad inventory.
  • Maintain current and accurate account and contact information within a CRM database.


·       Must have between nine months and one year of experience in public relations and/or related fields including marketing, media and/or publishing

·       Must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field

·       Must have a solid grasp of MS Office, Outlook, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Photoshop, Google Analytics

·       Must have good interpersonal and communication skills

·       Must have solid research, writing and editing skills, a sharp, attentive eye for detail

·       Must show sound judgment, initiative and an interest in creative problem-solving

·       An interest in journalism, media or related field is a must

·       Previous digital agency, and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising experience and/or experience working on a online publications a plus

Submit a resume, your blog or Tumblr (or writing samples) and references for consideration to–we will be in touch



About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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