Villanova Students at the Vatican

Submitted by Villanova

Through a unique internship program, Villanova University students are helping change the ways in which the Vatican communicates with the rest of the world – using the internet, multi-media technology and social media. Villanova began this program in 2003, sending computer science students to the Internet Office of the Holy See.

Since then, communication majors have joined these students in Rome. In 2008, Villanova began sending students to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, where they have been integral in helping add to the Papal presence on YouTube and Facebook. Villanova students also intern in the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service.

In 2010, a team from Villanova University designed virtual reality tours for the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel plus the four papal basilicas, making Rome's most historic cathedrals easily accessible on-line.