The Keough School offers a wide range of career development resources to help you discern your strengths, develop professional skills, and connect with employers. You’ll focus on launching your global affairs career from the moment you set foot on campus.
We provide personalized career support, tapping into the rich resources of a major research university, including Notre Dame’s global alumni network.
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.
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 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.
Melinda Fountain is the Keough School’s associate director for professional development and alumni relations. 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.
“We work with partners across the university and beyond to empower our students in every step of their career preparation and planning process.”
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.
“It’s invigorating to 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.”
Within the required practicum component of the Master of Global Affairs program, students can choose from two different models of engagement in the field: a team-based Integration Lab project focusing on a real issue with a global partner, or a six-month international peace studies internship. Funding is provided for students to participate.
To learn more about the field experience, visit the Keough Insider student blog.
The Keough School brings together nine international institutes and centers across the University of Notre Dame. Their travel and research grants provide students the opportunity to explore global affairs in the country of their choosing, or apply skills in hands-on research and language study programs in the US and overseas.
To learn more, visit the various Institute websites.
Master of global affairs students may apply for professional development funds from the Keough School. These funds are designed to support activities that further student career development, such as attendance at a professional conference. To submit a proposal, contact Mindy Fountain.
As part of the Keough School’s policy curriculum, all master of global affairs students have the opportunity to participate in a one-week spring break trip to Washington, DC. While there, students hone their professional networking and advocacy skills to engage in one-on-one and small-group meetings with leaders from nongovernmental and governmental organizations. Funding is provided for students who participate.
Several fellowships are available for qualified master of global affairs students to support their employment after graduation, including:
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.
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.
The Kellogg Institute offers postgraduate fellowships for graduating students of the University. Graduating master of global affairs students with a concentration in sustainable development who seek funding for practical experience are welcome to apply.
To learn more, visit the Kellogg Institute website.