Mark van der Heijden
Backpacker Intern

Mark van der Heijden (1986) originates from the south of Holland, a quaint country known for tulips, cheese, clogs, and coffee shops. For the past seven years he’s been submerged in the Amsterdam ad scene – a place he has always felt at home. From his day job as a Creative Copywriter at LEMZ, to his night job as an advertising instructor at the JUNIOR* Academy, to his hobbies as board member of Dutch Young Creatives and co-founder of Creatives, Cocktails & Dreams, there is not a corner of the ad world Mark has left unexplored.

In January 2014, Mark waved goodbye to his job(s), tossed his home into a backpack, and hit the world as ‘The Backpacker Intern’, helping out agencies, brands and charities in exchange for room and board. The journey has brought him to 25 countries on 6 continents where he worked at 30 companies such as Amnesty International Thailand, TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, Ogilvy Cape Town, Red Bull Austria, JWT Buenos Aires and DDB Vietnam. He worked with the legendary hitmaker Nile Rodgers, ex drug-traffickers in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and set foot on the coldest continent in the world; Antarctica. Mark shared his story at TEDxTeen in NYC, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, was invited by The White House, featured by Mashable as Inspiring Travel Instagrammer to follow and became one of the Top 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers in the World.

With one more continent (Oceania) to conquer as The Backpacker Intern, Mark now works as an Entrepreneurial Creative for agencies and brands, gives speeches to inspire students and businesses at events and writes articles for companies like Virgin.

In June 2015 Mark co-founded Wanderbrief®. A brief-assignment talent agency that taps into the world’s most refreshing minds and puts them to work, far away from home, on some of the most interesting problems companies, societies and individuals are facing today.

Website: 7000 monthly

Instagram : 5300

Twitter: 3600

LinkedIn: 1700

Facebook : 8900

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