I also am going to school for Computer Forensics & Network Security. I graduate in June 2011. I am all done with both majors and now have just a few BS classes.
I was bored one night and sent out random emails to different companies around my town and I got a hit and they are the biggest and best Computer Forensics company in town. I was able to get hired by them as an intern, although I have not done much with them due to my full time job hrs they are waiting for me to get out of school and then they might bring me on board FT.
I am helping myself right now by paying for some "boot camp" courses out of my own pocket and I know they will pay off later.
I just got my Security+ and in Oct will have my Network+. Then in Feb will have my CHFI and then in May have my CEH/CPT.hopefully. I am paying for these out of my own pocket. I have to sacrifice a little now for it to pay off in the long run.
Think about it and maybe you should too.
Security+, Network+, C|EH, CHFI, CPT