Participate as a student

What makes the St. Gallen Symposium unique are the students. Get involved as an ISC-Team Member, a Volunteer or compete in our Global Essay Competition and Global Leadership Challenge.

ISC Team Member

Only HSG students

Global Leadership

Global Essay Competition


Help & Host

Only HSG students

Essay Jury

Only HSG & ETH students

Help or Host

Become part of the 51st St. Gallen Symposium by applying as a volunteer or host of young students coming from all over the world.

In each of these roles you will gain a unique insight into the world’s leading conference for cross-generational dialogue.


As a communication supporter you are responsible for ensuring that the 51st St. Gallen Symposium is well perceived from the outside. Working in a team of passionate photo- and videographers to capture the symposium’s most memorable moments or meeting leading executives and politicians for a brief interview are only some examples of possible tasks.

Food & Beverage

In the Food & Beverage Team you are responsible for the symposium’s culinary service. You will receive a service and bartender training, which is provided by our professional gastronomy staff. At the event itself, you will have the possibility to get to know international guests whilst serving at various occasions. Furthermore, you will experience our special 51st anniversary events.

Innovation & Technology

As part of the IT-Team you are responsible for the technical equipment’s proper functioning during the sessions. Meanwhile, you have the exclusive chance to attend the symposium’s sessions where today’s leading executives and politicians discuss global issues with our Leaders of Tomorrow. This task also provides you with the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of this huge conference. By the end of the symposium you will have discovered all the secret backrooms of our university.

Technical Operations

Our Technical Operations Team is responsible for turning the entire university campus into the symposium site. To enable this transformation, we need a lot of strong (wo)manpower, therefore we reward this hard work with delicious snacks and other goodies. What makes every year’s TECH-Team unique beside the discovery of all secret backrooms of our university is the great team spirit which fosters during the symposium week.

Participants’ Services

First impressions count! In this area you are part of the group that first gets in touch with the symposium’s participants. Support us as a receptionist and represent the St. Gallen Symposium at our information desks, located either in St. Gallen’s finest hotels, at Zurich Airport or at the symposium venue. You also have the possibility to become a chauffeur and drive our guests safely around St. Gallen.


During the symposium week, (2–9 May 2022), the Leaders of Tomorrow will be accommodated in various shared flats and other apartments in St. Gallen. All you need to provide is a single bed, a mattress with linens or a sleeper sofa, ideally placed in a separate room (e.g. living room). If this is not available at your home, we can provide you with a mattress. As a thank you for your generous hospitality we will reward you with a unique goodie bag. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to meet some of the brightest students and young talents from over 90 countries. Whether a good friendship, a joint business idea or even a job offer, numerous success stories evolve every year during the symposium’s week. So, what are you waiting for? If you have a free spot in your apartment, fill out the form below.


“My roommate and I had placed two mattresses provided by the International Students’ Committee in our living room. We had two incredibly interesting, very conversational guests from two completely different parts of the world (Silvia Ellena and Karine Bravo). It was particularly impressive and enriching to look at and discuss global issues from a completely different perspective.”

Host of Silvia Ellena and Karine Bravo

“We had the pleasure of providing a sofa for Angela Lim. Angela Lim was invited to the symposium for the second time. She is a very interesting aspiring young lady, who brings Technology and Social Responsibility in perfect balance with her start-up. I still firmly believe that I have met a personality who will continue to do a lot of positive work for our society in the future.”

Host of Angela Lim

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