Is attending cortramid mandatory? My school's academic calendar prevents me from doing cortramid west (I'm on west coast), and I would have to do cortramid east, which is mid July to mid August. The problem is that that would stop me from doing a long term internship over the summer. I had been planning on interning with the state department at an embassy abroad. Would I be able to opt out of cortramid, especially if I were doing something strategic with another branch of the govt?