Student looking for experience in CIS

Hi, I'm attending college, aiming for my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems. I'm only a year and a half into my degree and have took only general study courses so far, except one class using Visual Basic. I'm hoping to gain any experience I can along the way to help me land that job when I get done or atleast put me a couple of feet above the rest. I'm interested in either interning or anything self-taught that I can do from home in my free time. I'm looking for some suggestions here on anything I can do to get myself further along. I've been checking out job sites such as, etc. to see what employers are looking for without too much luck.

Thanks in advance, Kristy