Yahoo – A 21-year-old intern who worked grueling hours at Bank of America (BAC)’s London office died just a week before his internship was to conclude. Moritz Erhardt, a University of Michigan student from Germany, reportedly had worked until 6 a.m. for three days straight and was found dead in his flat. Erhardt, who suffered from epilepsy, collapsed in his shower, according to reports. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Moritz Erhardt’s death,” BofA said in a statement. “He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future. Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time John McIvor, the bank’s head of international communications, told CNBC.com that he could not confirm the circumstances surrounding Erhardt’s death, though he did provide some insight into the life of an intern. “The whole point about internships is to give students a positive experience and to get to know our firm and us to know them well, so we can work out who would be the best fit to join the company full-time after they graduate,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on what hours people choose to spend in the office voluntarily,” he added. “But if you think about it logically, what we’re trying to do is something that happens across all the big firms. We’re looking to get to know them better.” The Independent reported that it spoke to others familiar with the matter who confirmed how grueling life can be for interns: One former investment banker confirmed that interns could regularly work 14 hour days. The banker, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Independent: “Interns can regularly clock up to 100 or even 110 hours a week, but people are fully aware that banking is hard work and the company constantly reminds you to manage upwards in order to not overheat. This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening and banking is a very close culture.”
I’m not gonna make too much fun of this situation because a kid is dead. But this is what the Cube Monkey life can do to you, man. You think its a game? You think its a fucking game?? You start working 100 hour weeks and your body will just Shut It Down, Taffer Style. Some people just can’t live in a cage man! And these cocksuckers at Bank of America have the nerve to talk about the “hours they voluntarily spend” at work and chalk it up to “looking to get to know them better.” Oh really, guy? Are all the Managing Directors sitting there side by side with the interns learning about them while they work 100 hour weeks? Are the associates and analysts working with them and becoming friends with them at 6am? Get the fuck out of my face you slave drivers. This kid was probably wrapping up from the night before and some dickhead was ordering him to go get his coffee and breakfast. These place lock people in their cages and work them to the bone and prey upon their eagerness like a bunch of corporate predators. Sick bastards.
Careful out there, Cube Monkeys. If you don’t wanna end up in a box, get out of the cage.