I am new to cplusplus.com and am looking for any relevant work experience using C++ to add to my portfolio. I have written several console applications for games (go fish, yahtzee, minesweeper, etc.) and am looking for more advanced side projects. I am a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and have three semesters' worth of C++ experience under my belt. While I would not consider myself an advanced programmer, I would definitely label myself as an intermediate programmer. I learn quickly and am willing to work in large groups.
Can you learn experience just by building your own programs?
Look into SDL or SFML to get started. Once you feel good with either (both would be great), you should be able to join a real team, or maybe go solo for longer to learn OpenGL or DirectX, and add that to your portfolio.