Integration Lab (i-Lab)

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, DC. 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

Follow the global research and partnerships underway with our current Master of Global Affairs students:




Project: Deliver critical healthcare commodities to resource-limited areas with the use of third-party logistics providers

i-Lab Global Partner



Project: Ensure that community-led natural resource management strategies are sustainable and replicable

i-Lab Global Partner

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Project: Foster national, system-wide educational innovation and learning


i-Lab Global Partner

Ensena Chile, i-Lab Global Partner



Project: Improve support to communities recovering from acute and chronic shocks


i-Lab Global Partner

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United States


Project: Accelerate municipal plans for sustainable development, climate mitigation and adaptation

i-Lab Global Partner

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Philippines and Kenya


Project: Develop care-based policy tools that allow women to take advantage of economic, social, and political opportunities


i-Lab Global Partner

Every year, students in the i-Lab work with diverse partner organizations, engaging thoughtfully with local actors and communities worldwide.


View Previous i-Lab Projects and Partners


The Keough School provides student funding for the i-Lab experience, with generous support from the Monaghan Family i-Lab Experience and the Pulte Endowment for Excellence for Global Affairs.