May 24, 2023
By Ayden Colquhoun
I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the summer with Triad as a Government Relations intern. This fall, I will be entering my senior year at the University of Pittsburgh to finish with a degree in Law, Criminal Justice, and Society with a minor in Political Science.
I’ve always had an interest in politics, so getting this unique opportunity to really dive into the legislative process and see how things function is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. Working with the #teamtriad I’m excited to help represent their clients to the best of my ability and assist overall in the office or the halls of the Capitol.
I was born in raised in the greater Harrisburg area. I spent the early years of my education in the Central Dauphin School District before moving to the Cumberland Valley School District to finish my primary education. During my time in the Cumberland Valley School District, I was involved in the school’s Mock Trial team and Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Our Mock Trial team made it to the state level competition my senior year, but unfortunately was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Upon graduation, I initially attended Washington and Jefferson College, but decided to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh after freshmen year because there were more opportunities for my future in Pittsburgh. After I finish my degree this coming spring, I plan to attend law school.
My interest in the law comes from my father who I had the privilege of watching go through the process of completing law school as I was growing up. Listening to him talk about what he was studying and the subject material of his classes caught my eye as a middle-schooler, and I’ve been dead set on pursuing a career in law ever since. The legal world provides so many routes to take once graduating law school.
So far, my time at Triad has been everything I was hoping for and more. This is the first work opportunity that has trusted me with projects and given me the creative independence to go about it in my own way. At times it has been a little chaotic, but the culture in the office of being one big family has been beyond helpful in supporting me along the way. There aren’t many offices where someone will stop over just to say good morning and ask how your weekend was because they’re genuinely interested, but Triad is one of them.