Don Jackson Public Finance Intern Fund

About Don Jackson

A key confidant of Sen. Maddy, Don Jackson was instrumental in helping establish The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute.  From 2000 to 2010, he served as the Chair of the Maddy Institute Board of Directors.  He continues to serve the Maddy Institute as its Chief Financial Officer.  The Don Jackson Public Finance Intern Scholarship, which is offered annually by the Maddy Institute to an accounting, finance or economics major, provides the recipient the opportunity to work at the California State Auditor’s Office in Sacramento.


During his tenure as Chair, Mr. Jackson was responsible for helping establish many of the key programs and activities of the Institute, including:

  • The Maddy Legislative Intern Program for federal and state legislative offices
  • The Maddy Associates Program, a public affairs seminar series
  • The Maddy Report, a weekly public affairs tv program
  • The Maddy Daily e-newsletter, a daily e-newsletter covering politics and public policy issues throughout the San Joaquin Valley

In addition, he was instrumental in creating scholarships for 150 federal and state legislative interns and raising over $1 million in grants, events, and programs for the Institute.

Aside from leading the Maddy Institute, Mr. Jackson has a long history of community service, including his work as the co-founder of the Central California Women’s Conference and a leader in building Fresno’s premier amphitheater, the Rotary Amphitheater, at Woodward Park.

Mr. Jackson, a tax attorney, is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Stanford Law School.


The Don Jackson Public Finance Internship

The Maddy Institute has established a very prestigious summer internship, the Don Jackson Public Finance Internship, with the State Auditor’s Office in Sacramento.


  • $4,500 Don Jackson Public Finance Intern Scholarship
  • Intern in the State Auditor’s Office in Sacramento for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013, while having the opportunity to join one of their audit teams with the possibility of working specifically on financial and/or performance audits.
  • Three (3) units of academic credit are available. The student should work out arrangements with major adviser.  (We strongly encourage enrolling for units since you will be covered under liability policies of the University and have the guidance and direction of a faculty member in your major, as well as the Maddy Institute, if the need arises.)


  • Undergraduate, Junior standing (completed at least 60 units), Accounting, Business, Economics, or Finance major with at least 39 units of business-related course work complete  OR  MBA student
  • Excellent academic standing – overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to collaborate as part of a team, along with ability to work independently
  • Effective organizational skills
  • A good understanding of how to conduct an audit and their purpose
  • Proficiency using: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook

Selection Process

  • The Maddy Institute Selection Committee will review all applications.
  • Applicants may be invited to two interviews: a preliminary interview with the Maddy Institute Selection Committee in Fresno and final interview with the State Auditor’s Office in Sacramento.
  • If invited to interview, applicants should be punctual and dress in business professional attire.