The Backpacker Intern

I Want To Help You Land Dream Jobs On All 7 Continents

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in routine?



Taking the same way, to the same work, in the same place, with the same people, day in, day out? Well, I sure did. That’s why – after working for 7 years as a creative copywriter in Amsterdam – I decided to flip the script…

At the end of 2013 I quit my job, left my apartment and started a project called: The Backpacker Intern’. The idea was that I was going to travel the world and trade my skills – not for money – but for room and board at agencies, brands and NGOs.

That was the idea. Was it a good idea? My friends liked it. Others thought it was stupid: “Why work for free?” “Why would you position yourself as an intern? You have 7 years experience!”.

Although I got mixed responses I decided to just go for it. When I posted my idea on this website and my social media channels, it suddenly got picked up by Adweek, MTV, TEDx, Entrepreneur and many, many more. It was crazy.


It resulted in more than 750 JOB-OFFERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD in just the first week. I couldn’t believe what was happening.

Instead of me trying to get a foot in the door, big names like DDB, TBWA, Red Bull and UNICEF knocked on my door. They all wanted to hire me.

Obviously I wasn’t able to work at all 750 of them but in 2 years time I gained experience at 32 companies in 27 countries on all 7 continents. Yep, even Antarctica.

Lunchbreak with my colleagues while doing brand consultancy for a cruise company on Antarctica.

It was an adventure that changed my life.

  • I gained experience at companies I could normally only dream of working for
  • I made meaningful friendships with people from all around the globe
  • I got invited to share my story at events like TEDx, SXSW, United Nations HQ
  • I learned how to build a personal brand and start my own business
  • I gained a fresh perspective on life, business and the world


I’m designing a course to help you land jobs too!

And now, it’s your turn! I’m designing an online course to help people land dream jobs abroad. It’s called the ‘Backpacker Intern Academy’ and I’m super excited to share my knowledge, learnings and experience with you. I want to teach you how to follow your passion with the right tools and mindset to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

To make sure I’m creating something that will help you and others, I want to ask you a few questions about the challenges you’re facing in finding work abroad. It will take you less than 3 minutes and can help thousands of people worldwide. I will build the course, based on what you guys want to learn.

Here’s the >> survey link <<


Many thanks in advance for helping out,

Mark van der Heijden

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