We Won The Escape 100!


This well-known campaign highlights the top purpose-led companies to ‘escape to’ in 2022! Beating some 13,000 other company nominations, we have come out on top thanks to our inspiring mission, positive impact, and flexible working environment – ranking alongside social enterprise giants like Oddbox, OLIO, Too Good To Go, Moving Worlds, and more. This is truly a moment of pride for the whole Virtual Internships team and we are delighted to win this accolade, particularly because it aligns so closely with our values and mission.

Why Geography Shouldn’t Matter In Your Dream Career

Virtual Internships is a remote-first company, and we strive to show both our internal teams, and our students in our Virtual Internships programs that geography should not be a deciding factor in accelerating your career growth and landing the role you want! This echoes the values of Escape the City. While on their mission to help 1,000,000 quit their corporate jobs and find work that matters to them and the world, they began to wonder: what actually makes an organization different, forward-thinking, and impactful? They came up with a scoring system of six criteria (Impact, People, Mission, Planet, Innovation, and B-Corp) to rank companies, including anonymous employee reviews – and ‘The Escape 100’ was born.

Remote Work Enables Meaningful, Flexible, Purposeful Work Environments

This campaign comes at a key moment in working history. Since the pandemic started, employees all over the world have been given time to think about what really matters to them, and are increasingly prioritizing finding new meaningful, flexible and forward-thinking work environments (as reported by The Times). 


In Escape the City’s recent survey of 1500 job-seekers, 89% want a career with a clear sense of purpose (up from 71% in 2015), with 73% saying that their reflection time during the pandemic has made them reevaluate their path. Furthermore, for 74% of professionals a flexible working location is the primary barometer they use when choosing a new role.


Ed Holroyd Pearce, Virtual Internships’ COO, commented on what the campaign means to the company: “We love the mission and the community-driven messaging of Escape the City and we see huge alignment with Virtual Internships that’s why its a particular honor to show our existing employees, and future employees, our commitment to all of the things the award stands for.


Check out The Escape 100, 2022: Top purpose-led companies to ‘escape’ to in 2022 here to see our organization’s ranking and read our employee reviews!

Join Our Mission!

We are currently in fast-growth mode and are looking for rock-star talent to join the team at all levels of the organization. Please check out our current vacancies on our careers page here or visit our Escape the City profile here.