March 13th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Historic experience for Vatican interns

Two Villanova students talk about the thrill of interning at the Vatican during the start of Pope Francis' papacy. Their first day on the job was the day Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning - it had been nearly 600 years since a pope left office to retire.

Sean Hudgins says he was surprised the announcement of a new pope came on day two of the conclave. "It was quite a rush of excitement for me, more than I had anticipated," Hudgins said about being in St. Peter's Square when Pope Francis was revealed as the new head of the Catholic church.

Danielle McMonagle describes interning at the Vatican as "completely unique" and "like nothing else," especially at a time when they're watching history unfold. She and Hudgins, both Communications majors, will be in Rome for Pope Francis' first Easter before they head back to the U.S.

For more on Pope Francis, watch Cheers and then silence for new pope

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