Leadership Programs

Legislative Intern Program:

The Maddy Scholar Intern Program’s goal is to prepare the next generation of political, governmental, business, non-profit leaders for the San Joaquin Valley through internship opportunities in local, state and federal government offices in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and throughout the region.

Each year approximately 40 University students from regional universities (CSU Fresno, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Merced) are selected as Legislative Scholar-Interns.  Legislative Scholar-Interns are placed on assignment in government offices throughout the Valley, as well as in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Legislative Internship Program provides students with opportunities to develop public leadership skills while gaining practical knowledge of the day-to-day operations of government and the political process. Legislative Scholar-Interns receive academic credit as well as a stipend. Examples of placements include: U.S. Senate and Congressional offices (Capitol and district offices), California Assembly and Senate offices (Capitol and district offices) and the Governor’s Office. Students are selected based on their academic standing to elevate citizen participation and government performance at all levels through leadership training for public service.


 Participating Elected Officials:
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Congressman Jim Costa
  • Congressman Jeff Denham
  • Congressman Devin Nunes
  • Congressman David Valadao
  • Senate pro Tem Kevin DeLeon
  • Senator Tom Berryhill
  • Senator Anthony Cannella
  • Senator Andy Vidak


  • Assemblymember Frank Bigelow
  • Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani
  • Assemblymember Adam Gray
  • Assemblymember Jim Patterson
  • Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas
  • City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio, Fresno
  • City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, Fresno
  • City of Fresno, City Communications Office (Mayor’s Office)


2016- 2017 Program Deadlines

Legislative Intern Scholar Program Spring 2017:  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 2, 2016

Legislative Intern Scholar Program (DC & Sacramento Summer 2017):  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 2, 2016

Legislative Intern Scholar Program Summer 2017:  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, March 10, 2017

Download the Maddy Intern Scholar Program Application 2016-2017