Data Science Intern

Vox Media | New York, NY

Posted Date 12/18/2018

Vox Media employees thrive on innovation and change while ambitiously seeking to master their subject areas, hone their craft, and improve their communities. We help smart, talented, creative professionals make a meaningful impact in media, technology and the world around them. Vox Media’s networks and businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Polygon, Concert, Chorus, Vox Creative, Vox Entertainment, and the Vox Media Podcast Network.


The Data Science team is currently looking for highly qualified candidates for a Winter internship (Jan-May 2019). Data Scientists are responsible for delivering insightful solutions to complex problems and using data to help steer the continued growth and increased engagement of Vox Media’s sites. As a part of our team, you will be utilizing enormous volumes of data to extract meaningful insights into our content and our audience.

Specifically, we are testing and building a recommendation system to increase user engagement and develop algorithms that will result in a more personalized experience for the user.

What You'll Do

  • Understand current recommender system and analyze performance of various experiments across Vox Media networks.
  • Incorporate textual and topical context of articles as well as audience data to extend current algorithms for recommendations.
  • Work with the Data Products team to integrate learnings into editorial and user products.
  • Design hypothesis tests, oversee test execution, and help with the evaluation of results.

What You'll Bring

  • Recently completed or currently pursuing advanced degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Math, Physics or a related quantitative field.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with recommender systems or neural networks.
  • Initiative on solving problems and completing tasks in a reasonable time frame.
  • Good communication skills, ability to work on a geographically dispersed team.
  • Programming ability in Python.
  • Familiarity with Unix operating system.
  • Familiarity with database query languages (SQL).
  • Experience in machine learning and statistical modeling.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

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