If you are a Telluride (TASP, TASS, Branch) or DS associate, an Arete Project alumna, or current student at the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, or Cornell University, you should consider applying to become a factotum at one of our summer programs.
Helping to create a program for a community of TASPers is a deeply rewarding way to spend a summer. The work is varied and often fun: joining in debate around the lunch table, sharing insights with the faculty about the seminar, helping a student with a paper, building consensus at a House meeting, organizing a day trip, and so on. We hope this page will give you some idea of the responsibilities of working as a factotum, and we encourage you to contact us for further information.
Each of the seminars runs for six weeks—from June 23 to August 3, 2019—and has about 14 participants, varying slightly each year. We will hire one to two factotums for each seminar. Their tasks include assisting the faculty, planning cultural excursions and guest lectures, bookkeeping, mentoring students, and ensuring that the communal life of the program runs smoothly. In order to perform these functions, the student leaders must communicate effectively with the participants, the faculty, Telluride Association, and representatives from the host campus. Additional duties include ordering books and corresponding with faculty and participants in the spring and assisting with the evaluation of former participants for acceptance to Telluride Branches in the subsequent fall. Telluride will pay for reasonable travel expenses to and from the program site. We will also cover the cost of attending factotum training workshops in the spring, as well as travel expenses for the annual Telluride Convention, should you wish to attend.
In 2019, we anticipate organizing four TASPs. There will be two seminars at Cornell, one at the University of Maryland, College Park, and one at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Cornell and Michigan, the factotums will be assisted by program assistants, who will be selected later in the year. Factotums, as their Latin name suggests, “do everything.” They will be required to spend an additional week at the TASP site, arriving at least six days early and staying at least one day after its completion. The salary for the position will be $4,775. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of the program.
Applications must be received by the Telluride Association Office in Ithaca no later than October 14, 2018. After we review the applications, we will arrange for a group of factotum finalists to travel for an interview in late November. The finalists will be notified of our decisions shortly thereafter and should be prepared to make a commitment at that time.
If you have questions about the positions or the programs, please feel free to contact us.
Program descriptions for upcoming summer programs are generally not finalized until September or October. Please check here for details as they become available.
Read about the factotum job in more detail here.
If you’re interested in being a factotum, please download the application form and return it by October 14.