Clinical Internships

The Marriage and Family Research Institute provides graduate students with the opportunity to complete their clinical internship. Students will gain knowledge and skills in working with a diverse population of children, couples, and families. If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor at for more information.

For Counselor Education students:

At the MFRI, the intern will get the opportunity to see children, couples, and families. The internship placement includes conducting play therapy sessions at local schools, facilitating relationship education workshops as part of the Project Harmony grant, and seeing individuals and couples at the MFRI. The intern will also have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and participate in additional sub-committees that fit the intern’s interest. If you are interested, you will need to meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Must have taken or be enrolled in Foundations of Play Therapy this summer
  2. Must have taken Family I
  3. Must begin internship in the Fall semester

Preference will be given to MCFT students; however, all students who meet the above qualifications are eligible for this position. Email a vita, including references and contact information to Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor at Interviews will be scheduled in April prior to a Fall placement.

All interns are required to complete two semesters.

For Social Work students:

Social work interns at the MFRI have the opportunity of interacting with research participants in various capacities. Our MSW interns gain valuable experience with in-person and phone recruitment, providing support for workshops and assessment administration, and providing case management services to participants in need. The MFRI is a great fit for students interested in learning more about research, working with couples and families, and working with low-income individuals. All of our interns receive bi-weekly supervision with their direct supervisor and are trained the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), a well-established relationship curriculum.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Qualified undergraduate students have the opportunity to work as Undergraduate Research Assistants (URA) with the MFRI for a minimum two semesters. Undergraduate Research Assistants are provided the opportunity to work collaboratively on research with faculty and professional staff at the MFRI. Opportunities to present and publish this research may be available including expositions and poster presentations, such as the UCF Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). To view current and past research and presentations visit the Research page.

Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)

The UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) is designed to provide undergraduate students, who may be interested in pursuing graduate education, with research experience while working closely with a faculty mentor. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school. (from the RAMP web-site)

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The Marriage and Family Research Institute accepts volunteers at various times of the year from counselor education, social work, psychology, and other degree programs. All of our volunteers receive biweekly supervision from their direct supervisor, and mentorship in their professional development interests.
As a volunteer, you may be able to assist with any of the departments described below:


Volunteers in the Recruitment Department gain extensive experience in interacting with potential participants in person and by phone. These volunteers have the opportunity of talking to community members, attending community events, and building skillsets in persuasion and marketing.

Family Services

Volunteers in the Family Services Department (FSD) gain valuable experience in the implementation of research, by assisting research participants throughout their enrollment in the program. FSD volunteers have the opportunity of interacting with participants by phone and in person, assisting with assessment administration, and supporting successful execution of workshop events.


Volunteers in the Operations Department build skillsets in event planning and management, as well as in understanding the nuances in the implementation of large-scale research. Operations Department volunteers play an important role in assisting with workshop logistics to ensure the success of the program.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please fill out the form below and a team member will contact you.

Administrative Contact Information:

Telephone: 407.823.1748 | Fax: 407.823.1749 | Email:

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If you are interested in receiving more information about Project Harmony, please fill out the inquiry form at this link and one of our team members will be happy to contact you:
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute3 days ago
Some times the little things go unnoticed. We would like to offer you a challenge for the next two weeks.

✨ Week One: Actively look for moments when you appreciate your partner. This can be a mental note or written it down. Recognize how you feel when you have a good laugh together. Find 3 things each day to appreciate about you partner.

✨ Week Two: Continue the steps above-- but instead verbalize it in the moment. That can look like-- "You know, I appreciate you for having breakfast with me this morning knowing you were busy-- the time we spent together meant a lot to me." or to start easy "I appreciate you grabbing the snacks for the movie".

Remember to practice this challenge in a positive light. The key is to make sure the appreciation is genuine. The goal is for you to notice the times your partner shows you love from day to day.
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute1 week ago
This book written by The Gottman Institute is a great read for all couples no matter how far you are in your relationship journey. This book covers ways to refresh your relationship, fantastic conversation ideas, and provides prompts to stay talking and curious about one another. Try checking if your local library has this book available. Learn new and fun ways to have conversations that range in topics from money, sex, and trust. Learning something new about your partner can happen at all stages in life. 💖
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute1 week ago
This interesting article provided by Psychology Today states that there is new research that shows an association between experiences of personal growth on a given day and the passion individuals felt in their relationship. The article goes on to talk about how both partners should engage in shared and individual development that helps us grow together. For full context please read the article linked below.