Legislative Intern Scholar Program

We hope you will consider applying for a Maddy Legislative Scholar Intern position. If you do, you are going to be among a very elite group of people that we’re looking for to be our leaders in politics, government, business, civic and the non-profit sectors.

Mark Keppler, Executive Director of The Maddy Institute

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.

2020-2021 Participating Elected Officials:
Governor Gavin Newsom
Congressman Jim Costa
Congressman TJ Cox
Congressman Josh Harder
Congressman Devin Nunes
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
Senator Anna Caballero
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula
Assemblymember Heath Flora
Assemblymember Adam Gray
Assemblymember Devon Mathis
Assemblymember Jim Patterson
Assemblymember Rudy Salas
Assemblymember Vince Fong
Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias, Fresno City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio, Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria,

2020- 2021 Program Deadlines

  • Legislative Intern Scholar Program for Spring 2021 & Summer 2021 (San Joaquin Valley Offices -Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, Bakersfield, etc.): The deadline to apply for Spring/Summer has passed. The application period for Fall 2021 internships will begin in March.
  • Legislative Intern Scholar Program in Washington D.C., Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley for Summer 2021The deadline to apply for Spring/Summer has passed. The application period for Fall 2021 internships will begin in March.


  • Must have a 3.0 overall GPA or higher
  • Must be at least a Junior in standing (60 units completed) OR be a Graduate student in standing during the semester ofthe internship.
  • Must be able to work 3-5 hours per shift and at least 10 hours a week during the semester (Hours requirement is 150 hours total) for local placements and 8-10 weeks full time for summer Sacramento/Washington, D.C. placements.
  • Must act with the highest degree of professionalism and responsibility which also includes taking into consideration that backing out at the last minute would not only be very unprofessional but would put in jeopardy the future placement of other students like you.

Apply Now or download the Application Form 2020-2021

For additional  information such a scholarship amount and other please go to our FAQs.

Maddy Alum Ian Wieland, Partner at Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC, discusses his experience as a Maddy intern:  

Maddy Alum Mika Petrucci, Field Representative to Assemblymember Frank Bigelow, discusses her experience as a Maddy intern: