Meet Bailey Johnson ’20: Summer Science Superstar

Bailey Johnson ’20 ΚΑΘ of O’Fallon, MO, is one of many hard-working Westminster College students to take advantage of summer break by completing an internship in her field of interest. We caught up with Johnson as she unpacked boxes while moving back to campus for the new semester. Read more about Johnson’s unique internship experience below.

Internship location?

I interned at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Job title and responsibilities?

My title was Summer Lab Science Student, Clinical Histology Lab Study. I had the role of a histology lab assistant, so I was in trained in two areas: specimen preparation and specimen processing. 

What made you choose this particular internship?

I chose this internship specifically because of the prestigious reputation of the hospital. Mayo Clinic is very well known, and to have the opportunity to work with anyone from this hospital was something I could not turn down.


Biochemistry with a biological emphasis.


Sports medicine and criminal justice.

Are you glad you did the internship?

I am so happy I took the internship! Not only did I have the opportunity to work at Mayo Clinic, but I was able to shadow two pathology assistants and talk to their chief medical examiner. The program really helped me grow more into my future career path. 

What are your future plans?

My future plans are not set in stone yet, but I am currently studying for the MCAT and filling out pathology assistant applications.

For more information on Westminster College internships, please contact Mandy Plybon, Coordinator of International Student Services and the WC Internship Program, at 573-592-5382 or

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.