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:

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Uganda and Bangladesh

 

Project: Expand effectiveness of humanitarian cash transfer programs following emergency situations


i-Lab Global Partner

Catholic Relief Services, i-Lab Global Partner

Timor-Leste and Cambodia

 

Project: Promote educational and financial inclusion of those held back by gender norms

 

i-Lab Global Partner

 

Oxfam, i-Lab Global Partner


Guatemala and Ecuador

 

Project: Foster innovation in local communities by supporting entrepreneurs through knowledge-sharing and cross-border collaboration

i-Lab Global Partner

Community Empowerment Solutions, i-Lab Global Partner

Mexico and India

 

 

Project: Deliver safe and dignified shelter by improving the capacity of housing and construction labor markets


i-Lab Global Partner

Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, i-Lab Global Partner

India and Nepal

 

 

Project: Extend the impact of shelter programs by supporting recovery efforts to build resilient homes

 

i-Lab Global Partner

Catholic Relief Services, i-Lab Global Partner


Chile

 

Project: Improve school performance, build community, and promote innovation and learning within educational systems


i-Lab Global Partner

Ensena Chile, 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