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Vatican/Rome Internships

Villanova's Computing Sciences and Communication departments have a special agreement with the Vatican in Rome to provide student interns who will enhance the Vatican's presence on the World Wide Web and provide other support. We also place interns at a few other interesting locations in Rome. Participating students spend one semester working ine Rome or the Vatican while continuing to take University approved courses through Arcadia University plus receiving 3 CSC internship course credits for their experience. While in Rome, students reside in housing provided by Roma Tre University, within easy distance to classrooms and work sites.

photo of St. Peter's Square at night
St. Peter's Square at night


Study and Work in Rome

The Vatican/Rome program is an experience for select students who are interested in not only studying abroad, but also immersing themselves in a foreign world. Students learn about Italian culture while conducting specific projects as determined by their supervisor. Interns work Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. (approximately 16 hours each week). In the afternoons, students take courses through the Arcadia program, some of which hold classes in interesting locations around the eternal city - there are even classes that include trips to other locations in Italy such as Venice and Sicily.

Computing Sciences Internships

At the present time, the Department of Computer Sciences is placing interns with several offices in the Vatican including the Vatican Museums and the Directorate for Telecommunication. Projects vary and might include development of the Vatican website, security, online registration, compatibility modifications, network modeling, and virtual reality projects. We also place an intern with the Augustinians in their Rome Office right "next door" to the Vatican and one or two interns with the United Nations World Food Program, also headquartered in Rome.


image of St. Peter's Square by day
St. Peter's Square by day


To participate, students must have a junior standing at the time of the internship and must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. We encourage you to talk to your academic advisor and Dr. Daniel Joyce, Chair of the CSC Department, about this opportunity.

The Internship offers the opportunity to spend a semester in Rome, Italy, gain first-hand experience in working in the Computing Sciences field, and discover the natural wonder associated with the Vatican. The experience is something that the participants will remember for the rest of their lives.


Image of interns having dinner with Drs. Joyce and Klassner

In late September 2019 Dr. Joyce and Klassner visited our Rome interns. The interns are (from left to right in the restaurant photo above):

Trevor Yandow - working for the Information Security Division of the United Nations World Food Program on the evaluation of training material

Ryan Crenny - doing website development for the Augustinians

Zachary DeStefano - working for the Vatican Museum, creating a virtual reality tour of the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo based on images collected over two days of intense work by Ryan, Zach, Dr. Joyce, Dr. Klassner, and Luca Della Giovampaola, Head of IT at the Vatican Museums

Ashleigh Sheerin - doing website update and modernization for the Directorate of Telecommunications, Vatican City State

Clare Morris - working for the Cash Based Transfer Division of the United Nations World Food Program on data verification

Madeline Van Brunt - working for the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications on website updates

Contact Information

Dept of Computing Sciences
161 Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699

UG Program: 610-519-7307

Grad Program: 610-519-7310

Fax: 610-519-7889

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