Career Development

Career Development

Launch your global career


The Keough School supports your professional development and guides you toward a career path where you can be a force for good in the world.

We equip you with the tools you need to advance your career and connect you with resources in the Keough School and the wider Notre Dame community.


Explore Class of 2019 employment outcomes 


Where Notre Dame graduates work: 

  • US Department of State, Civil and Foreign Service

  • Habitat for Humanity International

  • Brookings Institution

  • The World Bank

  • Broadcasting Board of Governors

  • Oxfam


  • United Nations

  • International Monetary Fund

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • US Senate

  • US House of Representatives

  • Pew Research Center

  • Catholic Relief Services

  • Office of the US Director of National Intelligence

  • Save the Children

  • Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


Professional Development Specialist

Melinda (Mindy) Fountain is the Keough School’s professional development and career planning specialist. A former diplomat for the US Foreign Service, she has lived and worked in Albania, the Republic of Georgia, and Poland.

Fountain will help you navigate campus-wide resources, coordinate customized career preparation, and connect you with faculty who have professional experience in nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and private sector careers. She offers individual and group advising, discusses job search strategies, provides networking tips, reviews resumes and cover letters, and provides general information about global careers.

With personalized guidance, you’ll take the lead in your own career planning by setting goals, exploring career possibilities, and identifying resources and networking opportunities.

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“We work with partners across the university and beyond to empower our students in every step of their career preparation and planning process.”

— Melinda Fountain, Professional Development Specialist

Grant Support

Master of global affairs students may apply for limited professional development funds from the Keough School. These funds are designed to support activities that further student career development.

To apply for support from the Keough School, you’ll need to submit a proposal with a rationale and a detailed budget with estimated costs.

To submit a proposal, contact Mindy Fountain.

Faculty and Staff Advising

Keough School faculty and staff play key roles in helping students prepare for successful careers. They offer individual meetings, assistance with specialized resume development, and facilitate connections with the global network of Notre Dame alumni.

Networking Opportunities

Master of global affairs students participate in valuable networking opportunities throughout their two years on campus. These opportunities include:

  • A two-year collaboration with a global partner organization (one of several respected, high-impact organizations with a close relationship to Notre Dame) through the Keough School’s Integration Lab (i-Lab).
  • Small-group meetings with guest instructors in the global policy seminar. Guest instructors include policymakers and leaders in a variety of fields from around the globe.
  • A spring semester trip to Washington, DC, for one-on-one and small group meetings with representatives from leading nongovernmental and government organizations.

Career Fellowships

Master of global affairs students meeting certain qualifications can apply for fellowships to support their employment after graduation.

Hesburgh Global Fellowship Program
The Hesburgh Global Fellowship Program provides funding for a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Global Affairs program to pursue work focused on peace, justice, development, or other related fields. The fellowship provides a salary to a graduating student for two years. To qualify, the graduating student must have an offer of employment from a non-governmental organization whose mission centers on peace, justice, development, global health, or other work that seeks to promote and sustain human dignity.

To learn more, contact Erin Corcoran.

Offenheiser Fellowship Fund
The Offenheiser Fellowship Fund awards fellowships of approximately one year’s duration to eligible Keough School graduate students following the completion of their Master of Global Affairs degree. Recipients will work for Oxfam, a global confederation of 20 organizations working to alleviate poverty and injustice, in Boston or Washington, DC.

To learn more, contact Mindy Fountain.

Keough School Washington Office

Maura Policelli, director of the Keough School’s Washington office, offers consultations with students who are interested in internships or careers in the policy arena. Consultations are available in Washington, DC, or on campus in South Bend.

Policelli, who has spent nearly 20 years working in Washington on and off Capitol Hill, has extensive experience in national politics, public policy, and communications.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Policelli served as chief of staff for the president of Oxfam America. She has worked for various members of the US Congress in several capacities, including chief of staff. She also has worked for the Center for American Progress, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the U.S Department of Education, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Maura Policelli

“It’s invigorating t​o ​apply ​my ​20 ​years of policy experience by advising students on internships or careers at nongovernmental organizations, think thanks, multilateral organizations, ​advocacy groups or the US government.”

— Maura Policelli, Executive Director, Keough School Washington office



Center for Career Development

Notre Dame’s Center for Career Development assists master of global affairs students with general preparation for the job market. Each year, a dedicated consultant leads customized workshops on creating resumes, writing cover letters, interview strategies, and networking tips.

The Graduate School

The Notre Dame Graduate School provides a range of programming designed to enhance professional development. Workshops and other events address topics such as finding mentors, writing grants, interviewing, and more.

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Students may also apply for funds from the Graduate School for career development purposes. 

The Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships assists graduate students in applying for prestigious external and internal fellowships and grants. The office’s award-winning, multidisciplinary fellowship team consists of student consultants who are each experienced, successful grant writers. These consultants not only help students win funding, but also empower them to advocate for their own work and advance their public reputation and prestige.

Notre Dame Alumni Association

One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths is its legendary alumni network. The Alumni Association engages alumni, parents, and friends of the university around the world through its Notre Dame Clubs in 45 countries and contacts in many more. The Alumni Association provides tools such as Irish Compass, a web-based networking platform for Notre Dame graduates, and helps connect students with alumni in their professional or geographic area of interest. Staff also meet with students to help them navigate networking with alumni.