Master of global affairs students gain new skills through international summer field experiences

After a challenging academic year of on-campus coursework amid the pandemic, 26 Keough School master of global affairs students are embarking upon summer field experiences with leading international development and peacebuilding organizations around the globe. 

A pivotal part of the Master of Global Affairs program, these field experiences enable students to focus on career development, making professional connections and developing valuable skills. Students will gain hands-on experience with organizations and firms including: Catholic Relief Services; Chemonics International; the Community of Sant’Egidio; Enseña Chile; the International Fund for Agricultural Development; the International Center for Transitional Justice; the International Crisis Group; the National League of Cities; Oxfam; and Survival International. These field experiences are coordinated through the MGA Integration Lab (i-Lab) or through the MGA international peace studies concentration. 

 “The opportunity to engage with peacebuilding, development, and global affairs organizations is critical for master of global affairs students to test the theories they are learning in the classroom, and also to gain relevant professional experiences for their future career steps,” said Becca Méndez, associate director of the Master of Global Affairs program. “We’re proud of way our students are taking creative action to solve pressing global challenges.”

Due to the lifting of some international travel restrictions, 18 students will be able to travel to Chile; the Gambia; Haiti; Malawi; and Italy (Rome); while others will participate virtually or in US cities such as New York and Oakland, California. 

Students will be blogging about their summer experiences on the Keough Insider blog over the next several months. Please follow along! 

The Master of Global Affairs program, housed at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, is a two-year professional degree that prepares students for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open in late summer 2021. 

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