World-Traveling Copywriter Will Work for Free in Exchange for Room and Board

Meet the Backpacker Intern

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Need some copywriting help with an international flair? Does your hiring budget consist solely of expired Clif Bars and six coupons for Vitaminwater? If so, I've got good news: You can still hire Mark van der Heijden.

Calling himself The Backpacker Intern, the Dutch writer is offering to intern anywhere that will provide him food and a place to sleep. "He doesn't want to get paid," his video explains. "He just wants to trade a day of his work for food and a place to sleep."

The pitch already seems to be working. On his blog, van der Heijden reports he has accepted internships with Amnesty International Thailand, followed by McCann Worldgroup Bangkok. "I’m getting a lot of responses from all over the world," he writes. "Beijing, Dubai, India, Stockholm, Dublin and so on."

If you're interested in luring him to crash on your agency's cot, check out his contact page on

UPDATE: Looks like the offers started pouring in quickly after we featured van der Heijden's project:

@griner David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."