One of the ways that our scholarly mission engages undergraduate students is through support of Villanova’s WFI Internship program. WFI proudly provides financial assistance to students who travel to Rome each semester to take part in this prestigious work experience, either at the Vatican or at the United Nations.
Established over a decade ago, the WFI Internship at the Vatican has allowed students to assist with social media outreach and other tasks, seeing firsthand how people from vastly different backgrounds and cultures are united by words that capture shared beliefs. Our students were on the stage when Pope Benedict launched the Papal Twitter account, and were on the scene during the Papal Conclave and the Installation of Pope Francis. Many media outlets reported on Villanova’s interns and remarked on the uniqueness of the program.
Installed in March 2013, Pope Francis has shared with the world his plans to advocate for those who are marginalized by society, addressing subjects that are closely connected to the WFI mission. We are fortunate that our students have the opportunity to support the Pope’s mission- truly taking part in “communication that matters.”
Begun in Fall, 2014, our newest WFI Internship at the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), students are given the opportunity to participate in international advocacy intended to end rural poverty, and enfranchise women in poor communities across the globe. We look forward to our continuing relationship with IFAD and the United Nations’ Rome-based food programs. Truly, this is an internship designed to highlight communication and the creation of a more just world.
WFI-supported Social Justice Documentary Films