Heather Steil

Heather Steil

Foreign Service Officer


U.S. Department of State

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I fell into a career in software development, which led to internet project management.
When the internet bubble burst, I began taking graduate courses in humanities for fun.
Then one day on campus I happened to see a poster advertising the Foreign Service exam.
By that twist of fate, I joined became a Foreign Service Officer in 2005.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Broadcast Journalism
Arizona State
Graduate
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Dominican University of California

Career

Foreign Service Officer

Advance U.S. interests overseas; inform foreign audiences about U.S. policies and culture.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Non-Profit Organizations
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Manage all U.S. embassy's public outreach and communication activities. In any given day, I might: write a speech for the ambassador, work with other U.S. agencies to draft a press release, plan a film festival or musical performance by an American artist, develop a social media campaign to highlight American companies working in the country where I'm assigned, increase people-to-people ties through virtual and in-person exchange programs, encourage foreign students to study in the U.S.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

World current affairs. Strategic problem solving. Foreign languages. Relationship building.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Be aware of global current affairs. Learn about U.S. politics and culture beyond your own ideas and opinions.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Broadcast Journalism
graduate
Graduate
Humanities/Humanistic Studies

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You have no business joining the Foreign Service. You didn't study international relations nor have you ever worked in government or politics."

Challenges I Overcame

Complacency