What is a Maddy Intern?

A Maddy Intern is a student who, because of their leadership potential, is selected to intern in a federal or state government office. The Maddy Institute offers several types of intern experiences at the federal or state governments in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Fresno, Merced, Modesto and beyond with both the legislative and executive branches of government.

Who is eligible to be a Maddy Intern?

Any undergraduate student who meets the following criteria is eligible to be considered as a Maddy Intern:

  • A minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 (preferred)
  • At least Junior standing (60 units completed); Graduate students are also eligible. You most be enrolled during the semester you are doing the internship in.
  • If applicant is selected for an initial interview, the applicant MUST:

❒     Enroll into course to receive Academic Credit for internship in order to be considered for placement. All academic requirements need to be done prior to beginning of internship (Academic credit is granted through each academic department and graduate program.  Applicants must contact their own school/academic department so advising staff can assist,)


❒     Enroll into an Independent Study program for at least one (1) unit in order to be considered for placement.  All academic requirements need to be done prior to beginning of internship. (Independent Study Policies vary per each academic department and graduate program.  Applicants must contact their own school/academic department so advising staff can assist.)

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When do Interns begin their assignment?

  • Spring Assignments: Generally begin the second Monday of the Spring semester.
  • Summer Assignments: Generally begin the second Monday in June.
  • Fall Assignments: Generally begin the third Monday in September.

           (Note: Dates are subject to change)

Why should I be a Maddy Intern?

There are many reasons why you should consider applying for an Intern assignment with The Maddy Institute, including:

  • Improving Your Skills (by applying what you have learned in school, learning to work as part of a team and improving your writing, verbal, research, computer, interpersonal skills).
  • Broadening Your Knowledge (by developing a better understanding of how government works).
  • Enhancing Your Marketability (by enhancing your resume and developing contacts for future recommendations for jobs, graduate and law schools).

How do I apply to be an Intern?

In order to be considered for an internship, you must submit the following information by the deadline noted to The Maddy Institute:

Application Deadlines:

2017- 2018 Program Deadlines

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, December 18th, 2017

  • Valley Legislative Intern Scholar Program Spring 2018 (San Joaquin Valley – Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.) :  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 8th, 2017
  • Summer 2018 Jim Costa Washington. D.C.  and Bob Beverly Sacramento Legislative Intern Scholar Programs: Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 8, 2017

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After we receive your information, finalists may be invited to two interviews. If you are invited to an interview, you should be punctual. Dress is business professional.

I don’t have any experience, can I still apply?

Yes, a Maddy Intern assignment is an opportunity to gain the experience you need as you begin your career. You should note, however, that some internships may require advanced skills and knowledge.

What are the Scholarship amounts?

Local Maddy Interns (Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.) will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Beverly Interns in Sacramento will receive a $4,500 scholarship, which will cover housing arrangements. Interns will be expected to work a 40-hour work week for 8-10 weeks.

Costa Federal Interns in Washington, D.C. will receive A $6,000 scholarship, which will be used to cover housing and flight arrangements. Interns will be expected to work a 40-hour work week for 8-10 weeks.

A word of advice: don’t think short term, consider how these scholarship intern assignments will assist you in your career path. Remember, these assignments are not part-time jobs but rather an invaluable learning experience. Think of these assignments as “applied experience” and “resume enhancing,” rather than a job.

Do I have to take an internship for credit?

Yes. For academic credit, you will need to intern for at least 150 hours (an equivalent of 50 hours per unit, for a 3 unit class). 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.   The minimum number of hours required for the internship regardless of whether you are receiving academic credit is 150 hours.

I am interested in interning in a specific legislative office. Why do I have to interview with offices that I am not interested in?

Interns are placed in the various legislative offices at the request of the office. If an intern declines an interview, the Maddy Institute reserves the right to not offer an internship.

After I apply, what happens next?

All applicants that meet the minimum standards will be invited to interview with the Pre-Selection Committee, which is made up of Maddy Institute Board Members, as well as staffers from various Valley legislative offices. The applications and comments from the Pre-Selection Committee will be forwarded to the Scholarship Committee for review and acceptance. If an applicant is accepted, this means that their application will be forwarded to legislative offices for review, it does not guarantee an internship. A student must receive an offer from an office in order to be fully accepted into the program and offered a scholarship.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here.

Please email Program Coordinator Maria Jeans at mjeans@csufresno.edu or call the Maddy Institute at (559) 278-1133.