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oikos Solar is dedicated to promoting solar energy across Switzerland, working closely with a vast network across politics and industry to raise funds and establish photovoltaic installations. The project is structured into six key departments: Finance, Customer Acquisition, Solar Panel Management, Marketing, Legal, and IT. 
To see what our project does, please check oikos Solar website (

For the Board Intern position, Oikos is seeking motivated individuals eager to commit to our association. As a Board teamie, you will have the chance to choose from various roles in Marketing, Finance, Legal, Operations, and Community. The Oikos Board oversees all 12 projects, so by joining our team, you'll gain insight into the entire organization and contribute your ideas to its development. Furthermore, if you aspire to a leadership role, being part of the team will provide you with valuable experience working closely with the board and preparing for such positions.

The ChangeHub is the first physical space at the University of St. Gallen solely dedicated to sustainability. Whose goal is to promote brainstorming among the students regarding the sustainability of our campus. Furthermore, the By&For Projects Team develops and implements projects on campus that directly increase the sustainability of the University. Currently, the reusable kooky cups have been implemented, and we strive to make more on campus sustainable changes, such as a waste management system

The oikos Action Days are a multi-day event dedicated to promoting hands-on sustainability in Switzerland. Our project unites students and employees from leading companies to collaborate on activities that improve the local environment and promote sustainability. From engaging in clean-ups to building insect hotels, participants work towards a better world whilst expanding their personal networks. The Action Days culminate in a celebratory dinner and afterparty, honoring our collective achievements.

OISMAK, a unique student-led project, stands out for promoting vegetarian to vegan recipes tailor-made for students, underlining the importance of the planet's well-being. With its emphasis on resource-conscious diets, OISMAK highlights the bountifulness of plant-based diets. Our prime goals for this year comprise the expansion of our recipe repertoire, outreach through various platforms, and fostering a sense of eco-responsible eating habits. All recipes center around Swiss regional delicacies, seasonal in nature, budget-friendly, and primarily cater to servings for 2 or 4. Our recipes do not only include nutritional values but also carbon emissions as a starting point to measure sustainable nutrition.

The Framework is a guide meant to help student clubs host events at the university, while minimizing their carbon footprint. Our main goal is to maintain and update the Framework with the most up-to-date tips, and to promote its usage among a diverse set of clubs. Here, we currently focus on expanding our digital presence and breaking down the guide in easy-to-understand steps to simplify its application. In the end, we can have a real impact by demonstrating the viability of the net zero path.

The "Assessie Program" is a new initiative introduced by Oikos to assist students currently in the assessment year who are interested and curious about Oikos and its various projects and activities. The goal is to remove entry barriers that prevent many from joining the Oikos journey. During this semester-long program, assessies will have bi-weekly meetings with the president where updates on the association's activities over the past two weeks will be presented, and they will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Additionally, assessies will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in various projects and teams based on where there is a need and their availability. By the end of this program, assessies will have a comprehensive understanding of Oikos and will have priority access to open positions for the following semester.






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Is it possible to apply as an assessment or master student?

Of course! All students at the University of St. Gallen can join oikos. 

What are the requirements to apply?

Interest in sustainability and driving change, motivation, reliability, transparency and willingness to learn many things!


Can I join oikos for only one semester, or go on an exchange during the year?

You can for sure join for only one semester as a team member if the Project Head or Board member agrees to that (they usually do, you are still of great help only for one semester!). However, if you want to apply for a Project Head or Board position, you need to stay committed for an entire year, and it would be best if you are on campus both semesters.


How can oikos benefit my future career?

oikos is the chance to gain hands-on experience in any position you take. If you join as a team member, you can choose a position according to your interest (finance, sponsoring, marketing, operations, program, event, brands relations, R&D, relations, …) and directly apply concepts you have learned with a lot of freedom. If you join as a Project Head, you will learn about leadership and team management, organization of the work within a team, and all the practical aspects that you need to lead a project. If you join as a Board member, you will gain experience in team leadership and management, but you will also have the chance to think strategically about where you want the association to develop in the future. Moreover, with oikos being the club with the most active members, you have a big responsibility as a board member, and a lot of freedom to shape your department as you please. Depending on the department that interests you most, you can also learn more about finance, marketing, HR, event management or operations. 

What is the average workload for oikos members?

The workload depends on the position that you are applying for. As a team member at one of oikos´ projects the workload is expected to be between 3-4 hours per week. As a project head it is 6-8 hours and as a board member it is 10-12 hours.


Will I earn campus credits?

Due to the varying workload, it is project heads (4 ECTS) and board members (6 or 8 ECTS) who receive campus credits.

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