Text Analysis Intern

Company Description

AOL is a media technology company with a mission to simplify the internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code. Relegence is a R&D team within AOL responsible for text analysis and semantic technologies. It builds and maintains a semantic analysis platform for AOL, servicing publisher and advertising groups throughout the company.

Relegence taxonomy contains over 2 million subjects and entities. It is used to categorize and classify AOL and 3rd party news content for a number of services across the company. Due to new products and increased demand, Relegence Department taxonomy team is looking for an intern to contribute to ongoing efforts in expanding automated classification and taxonomy coverage.

Job Description

The role focuses on creating semantic rules that automate subject tagging for content by matching text found in news articles.

The tasks include:

  • Understanding of taxonomy and metadata
  • Researching contextual information
  • Semantic rule-writing
  • Review of peers work
  • Quality testing of rules results and improvement of existing rules

Senior taxonomists will train, advise and supervise the intern.


  • Actively enrolled MLIS student
  • Available to work 15-24 hours per week in our Boston, MA office
  • Available to start the position in October 2016

Preferred, but not required, skills, coursework and/or interests:

  • Taxonomy, metadata or classification
  • Semantic technologies or computer science
  • Information architecture or information organization
  • Information retrieval and search
  • Knowledge of Boolean logic
  • Precision and recall testing
  • Indexing, thesaurus, or knowledge of “aboutness”
  • Web publishing
Additional Information

EEO/AA Women, Minorities, Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities Employer: AOL offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including 401(k) match and performance bonus. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or other protected category.

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