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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.
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.
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.
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.