One way of gaining experience is through an internship. Today's internships are offering better pay and more challenging work than in the past. The best way to find an internship is through your school. Most schools either have an internship coordinator or the resources to point you in the right direction. Take advantage of your university's career center or web site, and ask your professors about providing you with referrals.
If you don't have an opportunity to intern, don't be discouraged. Working part-time or as an accounting temporary can be an excellent way to gain accounting experience and develop your professional skills while earning additional income.
These short-term projects enable you to evaluate the responsibilities and challenges involved in a given position, learn about a company's corporate culture and gain experience in a variety of work environments. The best way for employers to learn how well you perform is to watch you work, and internships or temporary positions can be an excellent vehicle for showcasing your talents.