Bank of America worker dies after working several 24-hour shiftsBy Mason White 11:53 AM August 21, 2013
By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A young man died after working a string of 24-hour shifts at Bank of America, according to emergency workers in the United Kingdom.
The man was identified as a student at the University of Michigan, working at a Bank of America branch in London.
Moritz Erhardt, 21, from Germany, had been an undergraduate exchange student at the Michigan Ross School of Business this year, officials said.
He was found dead on Thursday at the Claredale House, a student residence in East London. Police officials and the bank said the death was not suspicious.
“He was popular with his peers and was a very diligent intern in our company with a promising future,” according to a statement from Bank of America. “Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time,” the bank said in a statement.
Erhardt’s death brought light to the allegedly brutal working hours of the internship program.
He had worked three shifts in a row for almost 24 hours when he was found dead in the shower of his apartment, according to police.
“He was found dead in the shower by his roommate. The intern came home at 6:00 am three days in a row,” a person close to the student said.
A former investment banker said that Bank of America interns regularly work 14-hour shifts.
“Interns clock up to 100 or even 110 hours a week, but people are aware that banking is a tough job and the company constantly reminds interns not to overwork,” the banker said.