Integration Lab (i-Lab)


The Keough School Integration Lab (i-Lab) is a distinctive series of interdisciplinary engagements — designed to build momentum over the full two-year arc of the Master of Global Affairs to prepare you for a global employment landscape that demands highly integrated mindsets and professional skillsets.


Guided by i-Lab Co-Directors Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Steve Reifenberg, you’ll work with other students, global partners, and faculty-mentors in multiple disciplines to address real-world issues and challenges.

Equality and Inclusion
Conflict Transformation
Climate Change and Adaptation
Global Health
Community Resilience
Educational Opportunity
Displacement and Migration
Food and Water Security
Poverty and Economic Development

+ others

Semester 1

Integrating Mindsets & Skillsets

In this first semester, you’ll be immersed in innovative approaches — design thinking, systems thinking, negotiation, and implementation science — as well as foundational mindsets from Global Affairs, Sustainable Development, and International Peace Studies.


Semester 2 + Summer + Semester 3

Global Partner Experience

During this year-long period, you’ll be part of an interdisciplinary team focused on addressing a specific compelling global challenge. You’ll engage closely with a global partner (a respected and high-impact organization or agency with an established relationship with Notre Dame), a Notre Dame partner (a University institute or center with scholarly expertise in your area of focus), and a Notre Dame faculty-mentor.

With insights gained from related coursework, you’ll deepen your understanding of the culture, history, and context of your future field site and develop a proposal, work plan, and budget. Once prepared, you’ll pursue immersive fieldwork for 2-5 months, depending on your concentration.

After extended time for analysis, synthesis, and reflection, you’ll develop a professional-quality product and prepare individual research and reflective work based on your experience.


Semester 4

Amplifying Impact

In this final semester, you’ll extend the practical impact of your work through an integrative policy or practice experience that involves engagement with the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C. By graduation, you’ll have the training, connections, experience and professional skills to communicate your work to multiple audiences and take your career to a new level of real-world impact.


Global Partner Experience

Examples of issues and partnerships

Bangladesh

How can higher education contribute to the alleviation of poverty?

i-Lab Global Partner
Notre Dame University – Bangladesh

ND Partner
Keough School of Global Affairs


 

Colombia

How can we help implement and monitor the Colombian Peace Agreement?

i-Lab Global Partner
Office of the High Commissioner for Peace/Alto Comisionado Para la Paz

ND Partner
Peace Accords Matrix/Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies


 


Malawi

How can we enhance the effectiveness of water and food security interventions?

i-Lab Global Partner
Catholic Relief Services

ND Partner
Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development


 

Mexico

How can we improve access to quality health care in impoverished rural settings?

i-Lab Global Partner
Partners In Health/Compañeros en Salud

ND Partner
Kellogg Institute for International Studies


 

Uganda

How can we support psychosocial healing and human rights for refugees and survivors of violent conflict?

i-Lab Global Partner
Refugee Law Project

ND Partner
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies