NATS Intern Program Application Requirements

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Application Requirements

An applicant must be a member of NATS in good standing with no more than five years of full-time teaching or the part-time equivalent. Working as a graduate teaching assistant does not count towards the five-year limit. Holding a Master's Degree or higher is preferable but not required.

Application Checklist

All applications must be completed online at, including submission of any and all materials by midnight on December 15, 2014.

  1. Complete application form online at, which will include the upload of a resume.
  2. Solicit two recommendation letters from NATS members in good standing through the application portal at Contact information (name, e-mail address) will be required to solicit the recommendations, and it is always a good idea to follow up by personal e-mail to alert the member that an official request will be forthcoming from NATS.
  3. A brief essay (3-5 paragraphs) addressing the applicant's teaching philosophy and motivation for participating in the program, which will be uploaded through the application portal at
  4. Web links to recordings of the applicant singing in at least three languages, including English. At least one selection must be with piano accompaniment. Video recordings are strongly preferred; audio recordings are acceptable. Independent studio teachers should include at least one nonclassical song, and all applicants are invited to do so if this literature is in their performing and/or teaching repertoire. Only web links will be accepted.
  5. A web link to a video recording, no more than fifteen minutes in duration, of a sample lesson taught by the applicant. This video may be an edited excerpt from a longer lesson. If a video is password protected, be sure to include the appropriate login credentials to view the post.

All recordings must be posted to a website, such as YouTube, that is accessible to the selection committee. Independent studio teachers should include at least one non-classical song, and all applicants are invited to do so if this literature is in their performing and/or teaching repertoire. NO CD, DVD, or cassette recordings will be accepted.

How To Upload Video for Private Sharing (YouTube)

We understand that you may not want to share your audition files with the general public. Many video sharing websites allow you to upload your media and make it accessible only to those with the link. While we can not provide technical support for these sites, we hope that these simple steps may be sufficient to familiarize yourself with the options on YouTube.

  1. After logging in to your YouTube account, click on the Upload link (in the upper left corner of the screen).
  2. Click on Upload Video.
  3. As your video is being uploaded, select Unlisted from the Privacy section under Video information and privacy settings.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. The privacy settings can be changed at any time.
  6. Get more help with uploading videos to YouTube.