Reporting Larry Richert
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) - As a college student, getting a good internship is important, so when Villanova University student Sean Hudgins landed a social media internship at the Vatican, he was excited to go halfway across the world.
What he didn’t expect was Pope Benedict XVI announcing he would step down barely a day into the two-month internship.
“When we got here, we expected to work on the Facebook page, update Twitter, but not too much more than that,” says Hudgins. “The excitement of Benedict stepping down and Francis coming in has been phenomenal for us.”
Hudgins has seen a lot of history since arriving at the Vatican. He was in St. Peter’s Square when the white smoke emerged and was on the colonnade taking pictures during the installation mass.
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During his internship, Hudgins has been working exclusively on the official website for Vatican City News. He’s also been working on other social media projects and says that services like Twitter offer Catholics direct access to the words of Pope Francis.
And while he hasn’t met the new pope yet, he still has seven weeks left in his internship.
“I haven’t met Francis yet, but we’re hoping that maybe that will happen during my time here,” he said.