Legislative Intern Scholar Program

The Kenneth L. Maddy Legislative Intern Scholar Program

Each year approximately 30 University students are selected as Legislative Scholar-Interns.  Legislative Scholar-Interns are placed on assignment in regional government offices, 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.

 2019-2020 Participating Elected Officials:
  • Congressman Jim Costa
  • Congressman TJ Cox
  • Congressman Josh Harder
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Senator Diane Feinstein
  • Congressman Devin Nunes
  • Senator Anna Caballero
  • Senator Melissa Hurtado
  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula
  • Assemblymember Heath Flora
  • Assemblymember Adam Gray
  • Assemblymember Jim Patterson
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas
  • Assemblymember Vince Fong
  • City Councilmember Miguel Arias, Fresno
  • City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio, Fresno
  • City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, Fresno

2019- 2020 Program Deadlines

  • Valley Legislative Intern Scholar Program Fall 2019 (San Joaquin Valley – Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.) – Friday, September 6th, 2019
  • Valley Legislative Intern Scholar Program Spring 2020 (San Joaquin Valley – Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.) – Friday, December 6th, 2019
  • Summer 2020 Jim Costa Washington. D.C.  and Bob Beverly Sacramento Legislative Intern Scholar Programs – Friday, December 6th, 2019


  • Must have a 3.0 overall GPA or higher;
  • Must be at least a Junior in standing (60 units completed) OR
  • Must be a Graduate student in standing during the semester of the internship.

Apply Now or download the Application Form 2019-2020

Costa Scholars at the White House Congressional Picnic 2017 guests of Cong. Jim Costa

Maddy Intern Scholars and Governor Jerry Brown at the 2017 Beverly Fundraiser