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 both 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!
Communication majors concentrating in Public Relations, Journalism, and Media Production work at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service. Exact placements and responsibilities are based on student background and determined on a semester-by-semester basis.
The Vatican Experience
The Vatican Experience blends work at an internship site with Italian language training and additional coursework (currently arranged through a partnership with Arcadia University and L'Universita Roma Tre). The internship work occurs in the morning, leaving the afternoons free to complete additional courses selected from the Arcadia offerings.
While participating in this once-in-a-lifetime learning experience, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily life of the city. Living in apartment buildings alongside Italian families, students will gain a true sense of Roman culture.
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.