Moritz Erhardt was like a lot of kids his age, working hard at an internship (in his particular case, for Bank of America in London). So hard, in fact, that the 21-year-old (who had epilepsy) reportedly came home from work at 6 a.m. three days in a row and died in his shower after the third day.
Sadly, Erhardt's work ethic and time served don't appear to be out of the norm for banking interns. One commenter on wallstreetoasis.com commiserated, claiming his banking internship was "the worst three months of [my] life." A former investment banker told The Independent that interns could regularly work 14-hour days and that they can "regularly clock up to 100 or even 110 hours a week." A 20-year-old intern told The Evening Standard in 2011 that "every intern's worst nightmare is what’s called 'the Magic Roundabout,' which is when you get a taxi to drive you home at 7 a.m. and then it waits for you while you shower and change and then takes you back to the office." [Source]