By Bridget Kelly
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — I never thought I would study abroad in Italy. I also never thought I would intern in one of the holiest places in the world.
However after being chosen to participate in the Vatican Internship Experience by the Villanova University Communications Department, I could not contain my excitement. Strangely enough, I was originally supposed to intern at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications office, but — happily enough — I ended up working in the Catholic News Service Rome Bureau.
During the first week of my internship, the CNS photographer reassured me, “You’ll learn so much here. You won’t regret interning at CNS, trust me.” And boy was he right! From attending papal audiences, to sitting in the press box at the 2012 consistory for the creation of new cardinals, my time here has truly been a dream come true. Not to mention attending interesting press conferences, visiting and filming numerous churches, spending Easter at St. Peter’s Basilica with the pope, getting an exclusive look inside the Sistine Chapel, and having my articles published on the CNS website. Thanks to CNS, I have been fortunate enough to get a sneak peek inside the Vatican, and not many people can say!
One of my favorite assignments at CNS was going with the videographer to film a Stations of the Cross art exhibit at Sant’Anselmo Church on Aventine Hill. Not only was I able to shadow the videographer, but I was also able to visit the gorgeous orange grove near the church! Being able to learn outside the office has been a wonderful opportunity.
Interning, studying and living in Rome has been a surreal experience. I have been blessed to be a part of such an amazing news agency and have learned how a professional office works. CNS took an inexperienced writer and taught her not just the basics of journalism, but also what a news agency expects. Even though I may have struggled at times, it was a learning experience through which I was able to I strengthen my communications capabilities as well as my journalism and video skills. Being able to intern in such an ideal environment has been rewarding and will certainly help me in my future career.
On my last day as the CNS spring 2012 intern, I am left with bittersweet emotions. I will never forget my time at CNS and am very fortunate for this rewarding and life changing experience.
Bridget Kelly was an intern in the CNS Rome bureau while attending Villanova University’s Rome program.