Sofia Wilson Earns Prestigious Internship at University of Victoria in Canada

Sofia Wilson Earns Prestigious Internship at University of Victoria in Canada

Dec 20, 2023

Framingham State University junior Sofia Wilson is heading north in the spring for a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship under the direction of Dr. Janelle Jenstad at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Once there, she will spend three months assisting on a major project to encode early modern drama texts into an open source system, thereby making them more accessible and electronically searchable for scholarly research.

"I will be living in Canada from May through July," says Wilson, who is an English and Political Science double major with a minor in Digital Humanities. "I've heard the University of Victoria is beautiful so I'm really excited about it."

Mitacs is a nonprofit Canadian research organization that, in partnerships with academia, private industry and government, operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation. English Professor Kristen Abbott Bennett helped connect Wilson to the internship opportunity.

"This award is highly competitive and draws from an international pool of applicants," says Abbott Bennett. "Sofia was first vetted by the U.S. Fulbright system before going through the Mitacs process."

Wilson, who is a Mancuso Scholar at FSU, has taken advantage of every opportunity to travel abroad since she started college. She previously spent a month studying in Portugal and went on a faculty-led trip to India.

"Studying in Lisbon was great because I am half Portuguese and I was able to learn how to speak the language and see different parts of the country," she says.

After graduating from Framingham State in 2025, Wilson is interested in pursuing her law degree and becoming a lawyer in the area of civil law.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.