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

 

Project: Reduce the vulnerability of women to climate change by enhancing the effectiveness of research-to-policy translation

 
i-Lab Global Partner
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

Chile

 

Project: Transform opportunities for teachers to enhance school performance, build community, and foster continual school-wide innovation and learning

 
i-Lab Global Partner
Ensena Chile


Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania

 

Project: Collaborate with national ministries of health to catalyze and mobilize worldwide improved access to quality surgical care

 
i-Lab Global Partner
PGSSC - Harvard Medical School

Ghana, India, Malawi

 

Project: Adapt global supply chains to accelerate transformation toward a more sustainable, equitable food system

 
i-Lab Global Partner
Oxfam

Kenya

 

Project: Develop scenarios for the future of Kenya’s devolution that promote democratic participation, equitable distribution of resources, and peaceful conflict resolution

 
i-Lab Global Partner
IEA


U.S.-Mexico border, Greece, Germany

 

Project: Explore and document best practices to respect the human rights of migrants as they navigate complex immigration enforcement systems

 
i-Lab Global Partner

The Philippines

 

Project: Enhance the resilience of local housing markets essential to delivering safe and dignified shelter

 
i-Lab Global Partner