From the DOL.... 6 factors to evaluate whether a trainee, intern, extern, apprentice, graduate assistant, or similar individual is to be considered an employee. If all of the following six factors are met, then an employment relationship does not exist:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1. The training is similar to what would be given in a vocational school or academic educational instruction;
2. The training is for the benefit of the trainees or students;
3. The trainees or students do not displace regular employees, but work under their close observation;
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees or students, and on occasion the employer’s operations may actually be impeded;
5. The trainees or students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and
6. The employer and the trainees or students understand that the trainees or students are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.
It looks like if the first 5 factors are met, the trainee does not have to be paid.
My question is, can a person be an unpaid trainee/intern part of the time and a paid employee at other times?
For instance, trainee on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and employee on Tuesday and Thursday.