Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old intern for Bank of America has died after working 72 hours straight at the corporation's London office, reports indicate.
For three days, he finished his workday at 6 a.m., then just kept working. The cause of death is unknown, and British police are not treating it as suspicious.
Is this insane-sounding work "schedule" abnormal for his line of work?
An unnamed fellow intern tells The Independent: "We all work long hours but the guys working regularly until 3 or 4 am are those in investment banking."
"You're only doing it for up to 10 weeks so there's a general acceptance of it."
"People working in markets will have to be in at 6 a.m. but not stay as late so what time you can leave the office depends on your division."
"I see many people wandering around, blurry-eyed and drinking caffeine to get through but people don't complain because the potential rewards are so great."
"We're competing for some very well paid jobs."
Only in this case, the competition appears to have been akin to The Hunger Games. It's unclear why Erhardt died, yes. But it's still cause for concern.
What do you think: Should interns be required to work that hard? Even if the potential of a lucrative full-time job is seen as the end goal? Comment below ...