About the Program

Since 2004, Villanova’s Communication Department has offered its students the opportunity to take part in an absolutely unforgettable program: our Vatican Internships. This program, which has expanded to now include two different Vatican offices and Catholic News Service, provides students with the opportunity to combine international study with an invaluable (and truly unique) internship experience. Not only do our interns get exclusive looks inside the Vatican, but they live, study, and work in the heart of Rome!

The Internships

Students interested in Media Production intern at the Vatican’s Internet Office. This internship focuses on the creation of multimedia content for the Vatican’s main website, as well as affiliated sites. Although the projects worked on are always changing, right now our intern in this office is working on our Virtual Reality project allowing people across the world to access the beauty of the Basilicas and the Vatican Museum as never before.

Students interested in Public Relations intern at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. This internship involves work as a media relations officer for the Vatican. This internship also allows students to work on the Pope’s annual World Communication Day Message, as well as the public relations surrounding the Vatican’s celebrations of Christmas and Easter.

Students interested in Journalism intern at the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service. This internship allows students the opportunity to cover the events and news of the Church for an international English language news service. Students leave this internship with not only real news experience, but also a set of publications under their byline.

The Vatican Experience

The Vatican Experience blends work at an internship site with intensive private Italian tutoring and additional coursework (currently arranged through a partnership with St. Mary’s College, and its Rome program). Both the tutoring and internship work occur in the morning, leaving the afternoons free to complete the two additional courses selected from the St. Mary’s offerings.

Students are housed through the St. Mary’s program, which means they reside in a four-star hotel in the center of Rome, with all meals provided. The hotel is very close to such famous Roman sites as Campo di Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon–meanwhile, classrooms and the internship sites are an easy walk away.

Travel within Italy is also a part of the experience, as arranged through the St. Mary’s program–though students typically also travel on their own, as with any international program.

Finally, thanks to a generous gift from the Waterhouse Family, the cost of the round trip ticket to Italy is covered for students selected to take part in the Vatican Internship program.