I am a student with an internship at a predominate tech company. ~4 years ago, before I had my internship, I had a summer job at another company as a non-tech person, but they also have a tech side too. Since during that summer job, I was also going to school for a tech degree, there was talk of me someday moving to that side. However, at the end of the summer, I chose to end my employment there for a variety of reasons, which were explained, and I left on good terms.
Fast forward, and I recently got a message with a generic "Hi! How's the internship going?"
Now, to me, based on previous experience, this is a message designed to feel out if I might be a potential employee soon, since I will graduate this year. Which, would be easy enough to respond to, however, my internship currently has some potential caveats.
Specifically, due to hiring restrictions, it is currently extremely unlikely that I will get hired on after I graduate. However, there may be a work-around for this by me going further in my education. This is something I've discussed with my manager when it was proposed to me, and details are being looked into.
I do want to stay with my current company, if possible. And would look into other departments if the new internship thing falls through. Also, doing the new internship greatly increases the probability of getting hired when I get my graduate degree.
So, in the end, the internship is going great, but that seems too sparse of an answer.
So, in the end, I'd like my message back to convey that things are going well, but I also might be interested in the future. Or, in other words, I don't want to close the door, but I also don't really want to open it wide. I want it to be more of a, check back in a few months.
I've thought something like:
Hi! The internship is going well. [Semi-vague explanation of furthering education to keep interning].
My question is: Does this work? Should I add something? Remove something? What's the best way to respond to this?