Few scholarly programs provide the practical experience and hands-on training required to enter the field of conservation, outside of academia. However, the majority of jobs lie outside of the academy. Programs that provide quality training to a diverse group of young people are essential for the sustainability of our field and can be accomplished by a multitude of conservation organizations. The Conservation Leader Internship Program (CLIP) is a paid summer internship that provides underserved, first-generation, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ youth with hands-on professional training in the field of conservation. Participants gain experience in areas such as plant identification, land management, GIS/GPS training, prescribed fire training, herbicide use, plant monitoring, wildlife surveys, sustainable farming techniques, land preservation techniques, field safety, scientific research, art in the natural world, career development and professional networking. Collectively, these skills give each participant a strong understanding of the field of conservation and serve as a springboard for a professional career in the field of conservation. Program outcomes were measured by a series of check-ins, surveys, blog posts and skill tests throughout the entirety of the program. CLIP students who entered the program with virtually no experience in the field of conservation, graduated the program feeling comfortable navigating the field as a professional. Graduates reported feelings of increased confidence, a strong understanding of the field of conservation and the ability to continue their journey in this profession. In this workshop, learn about how you too can invest in the future of conservation by implementing CLIP at your organization.