All positions have now been filled for Mathcamp 2019.

The JC Application Process

The application contains two parts: basic information and application questions. You'll be able to submit your application through our online system, and the deadline to apply is January 9, 2019. Here's what the application looks like:

Basic Information

  1. Name, birthdate, and contact information
  2. When did you attend Mathcamp?
  3. If you are in college, at what college and in what year are you? If not, how have you spent your time since graduating from high school?
  4. Are there any Mathcamp staff that know you particularly well? If so, who?
  5. Do you have a driver's license, first-aid training, or any other related skills that might be applicable to being a JC?

Free Response Questions

Please answer with at least a paragraph, but try to keep the response to each of these under a page. Please keep in mind that although having "the Mathcamp spirit" is crucial to a good JC, so are competence, initiative, and responsibility. Your application should convince us that you possess all three qualities.

  1. Why do you want to be a JC? What will you get out of it?
  2. What do you think are the most important qualities in a Mathcamp staff member? In a JC in particular?
  3. Think about a time you did a major project in collaboration with others. Describe the process, and then give two after-the-fact performance assessments, one of yourself and one of the team.

    Some questions you might consider: What went well? What is something that went wrong and how did your team address it? How did you handle conflicts and/or differences of opinion between team members? How would you do things differently next time?


This portion of the written application asks you to work on mini versions of tasks that JCs actually work on!

First, you'll choose one of the following two questions. These shorter questions will ask you to make a schedule or a decision and write a paragraph-long summary of your choices. However, they may require more than one sitting, so make sure to start early!

  • Busology: Contact three (fake) bus companies and decide which company Mathcamp should use for field trips.
  • City Field Trip: Plan a field trip to explore the city of Portland.

Second, you'll also choose one of the following two questions. These questions ask you to complete a longer JC task and write an analysis of your thought process.

  • Arrivals: Based on flight information, come up with a plan for using staff vehicles and shuttles to get a group of campers to campus.
  • Room Assignments: Assign rooms and Residential Advisors to a group of campers.

When you create an application, you'll get all the necessary information to get started on these mini-challenges.

How to Apply

Applications have closed for 2019. Stay tuned for next year.

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