About the Program

Since 2004, Villanova’s Communication Department has offered its students the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable semester through our exclusive partnerships in Rome. The WFI internship program, which includes placements at Catholic News Service, the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, allows students to combine international study with an invaluable (and truly unique) work experience.

The Internship at Catholic News Service contributes to the mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by supporting the work of the CNS Rome Bureau. This internship, designed specifically for Communication students interested in Journalism, gives students real world experience as a member of CNS newsgathering operations in Rome

Communication students may serve in a Public Relations and/or Media Production capacity. Interns are in a unique position to suggest ways technology can be used to communicate with key audiences. The Secretariat for Communications office has proven open to suggestions from our students and has allowed our interns to play a role in pivotal social media campaigns.

Students specializing in Rhetorical Studies will work under the close supervision of a member of United Nations’ professional staff at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in the communication divisions in order to learn from and contribute to IFAD’s advocacy work. His/her responsibilities will include any or all of the following: event planning, media relations, social media contributions, advocacy work, and/or branding initiatives.