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 we create models for sustainable development in a country devastated by climate change?

i-Lab Global Partner
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

Chile

How can we improve access to quality educational opportunities for Chile’s youth regardless of socio-economic circumstances?

i-Lab Global Partner
Enseña Chile


East Africa

How can we empower Ministries of Health worldwide to develop and implement their own national surgical plan?

i-Lab Global Partner
Program in Global Surgery and Social Change – Harvard Medical School

Ghana, India, Malawi

How might we adapt global supply chains to provide sustainable and equitable conditions for rural farmers?

i-Lab Global Partner
Oxfam America

Kenya

How can we use ‘scenario planning’ to improve futures for Kenyan citizens?

 

i-Lab Global Partner
Institute for Economic Affairs


Mexico, North Africa, Middle East

How can we utilize national, nonprofit, and the Catholic Church’s networks to enhance advocacy and service-oriented efforts for displaced populations?

i-Lab Global Partner
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Philippines

How can we enhance the resilience of local housing markets essential to safe and dignified shelter?

i-Lab Global Partner
Habitat for Humanity – Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter