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Ballast Consulting Fellowship - January 2019

Atlantic Media Fellowship

Atlantic Media offers highly ambitious recent college graduates a unique full-time opportunity to participate in our Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long, paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to careers in media.

The Fellowship will begin in January 2019 and run through December 2019.


Atlantic Media Academy

Additionally, all Atlantic Media Fellows participate in the Atlantic Media Academy, a comprehensive curriculum providing a 360-degree view of the modern media industry covering the editorial, operational, and economic sides of both magazine and digital journalism today.


Ballast Research

Ballast Research (a division of National Journal) is a fast-paced, growing, and collaborative research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC. We work with government affairs professionals at the state and federal levels to help them understand how policymakers perceive of their advocacy efforts, and how they can improve those efforts.

The Ballast Research Fellowship allows for exposure to a variety of projects, research methods, and stakeholders (including Fortune 500 clients and policymakers). Fellows will participate fully in the work and culture of the team. As an analytics-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth, and our Fellows have been key contributors. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives.

We are recruiting candidates to join our rapidly growing firm as Consulting Fellows.  Each consulting fellow will learn and apply the following professional skills:

  • Data-Based Consulting:  Report creation and analysis based on proprietary research and data on the effectiveness of federal and state advocacy. 
  • Client Expertise:  Typically serve 2-4 “brand name” clients with insights and analysis, custom follow-up projects and implementation guidance.
  • Product and Service Development:  Identify opportunities to develop expertise and support principal consultants in developing new markets and services.

Fellows will have shared responsibility for the following areas of our engagements:

  • Client Knowledge: Develop an understanding of the unique needs for each of the 2-4 clients “owned” by an individual fellow.
  • Policymaker Interviews: For each client, design and develop (in coordination with the client and qualitative research leads) interview agendas and guides; conducting roughly 20 peer-to-peer conversations with the highest level of policymaker at the federal and/or state levels.
  • Quantitative Benchmarking: Analyze a rich data set of peer and industry benchmarking data, including longitudinal and demographic breakdowns, to surface key trends, insights, and actionable recommendations to inform a client’s advocacy strategy.
  • Strategic Advisory: Create customized strategic plans, grounded in research analytics and a strong understanding of client needs, to inform and guide the strategy of leading organizations in federal and state advocacy.
  • Relationship Support: Contribute to fostering genuine, authentic, and enduring relationships with clients that extend beyond immediate needs and commercial interests.
  • System-Wide Contribution: Play a supportive role across formalized and ad-hoc teams to enhance an internal culture of support, feedback, and creating new opportunities.
  • Innovation: Consistently contribute new ideas, ways to serve client needs, process improvements, and program-wide initiatives that advance the entire program’s success; seeking out and taking ownership wherever possible.


Who an Atlantic Media Fellow Is:

As a world-renowned enterprise that thinks and acts like a digital media startup, we place a premium on finding exceptional talent. We seek individuals with fresh perspectives who constantly push us to be at the forefront of an increasingly digital, mobile and social world.

The ideal Ballast candidate possesses the following attributes:

  • Dedication to client service: Above all, we serve clients wherever they need our support.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity:  As a dynamic and growing service firm, we are best when we can, through some trial and error, accept the ambiguity of client needs and channel those needs to specific services.
  • Entrepreneurial drive:  We are inspired by disruption, driven by innovation, and skeptical of the status quo.  We are always seeking to improve and to grow.
  • Deep intellectual curiosity:  We are looking for the best ideas and the best minds to generate them.
  • Strong analytical background: We have enjoyed success finding graduates in fields such as economics, pre-law, and liberal arts studies with “extreme talent” interested in research, consulting, and close client service.


Atlantic Media Values – at Least by Aspiration:

  • Force of Ideas:  At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence.  Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an equal opportunity employer of minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities.

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