February 2013: WFI Interns covering Pope Benedict's last general audience as part of the press team
February 2013: WFI Interns covering Pope Benedict's last general audience as part of the press team

We provide opportunities for our student scholars to participate in activities where they can engage in specific social justice issues and make a difference in communities across the globe, through their classwork.


WFI Internships in Rome

WFI proudly provides financial assistance to students who travel to Rome each semester to take part in a prestigious work experience at either the Vatican or the United Nations. Students interested in public relations, journalism and media production assist Vatican-related offices 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.

Learn more about the internship program and how to apply.


WFI-Funded Social Justice Documentaries

WFI provides funding for the Social Justice Documentary Program, providing students with the opportunity to learn about film and then create documentaries that allow them to become advocates for important societal issues—sometimes staying in the Philadelphia area, sometimes journeying as far as Ghana, India, or Costa Rica. Each year, the students create their own production companies and submit their film to festivals around the world—winning local, regional and national awards. Over the course of the program, three films were chosen as finalists for the Student Academy Awards, and in 2019 Sankofa won Gold Medal in the Documentary/Domestic Film Schools Category. Watch the Sankofa trailer.

Questions about the internships or our SJD program? Please email

The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society
Villanova University, Garey Hall
800 E. Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085-1699, USA

Thomas Ksiazek, PhD, director

Wendy Eisenberg, administrative and program specialist



The WFI works in close partnership with Villanova’s Department of Communication, home to award-winning faculty with a shared commitment to communication as a catalyst for social justice.