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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 (Fresno State, 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.

2019- 2020 Program Deadlines

  • Valley Legislative Intern Scholar Program Fall 2018 (San Joaquin Valley – Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.):  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, May 8th, 2020
  • Valley Legislative Intern Scholar Program Spring 2019 (San Joaquin Valley – Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Modesto, etc.) :  Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, November 8th, 2019 
  • Summer 2019 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, November 8th, 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.

You can download the application HERE or submit to

❒ Resume: Must be current.
❒ Personal Statement: No longer than ONE page. Write a short biographical sketch. How would the legislative office benefit from having you in the office? What interest, experience, or background do you have in public policy or government affairs (school, work, volunteerism, etc.)?
College Transcripts: Copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Your name must appear on the document. Official transcripts indicating expected graduation date and degree may be required if offer a placement.

❒ If applicant is offered a placement, the applicant MUST submit proof of enrollment for the semester you will intern. You must type/sign your name on Section “III. Placement” for Application to be consider.


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